Bio


Spencer-Profile-1I am the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Georgia State University, responsible for interdisciplinary digital projects in a wide array of subject areas. I work in the CURVE space at the University Library, a technology-rich discovery space supporting the research and digital scholarship of Georgia State University students, faculty, and staff.

I am also a Ph.D. candidate at George Mason University and a Teaching Assistant for World History in the Department of History and Art History. Formerly, I worked as a Research Assistant and Digital History Research Fellow at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. My major research field is American History with emphasis on the nineteenth century. My minor fields are digital history and gender history, and I am also completing a graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies. My dissertation research focuses on the experiences of women living along the Niagara River during the War of 1812, and seeks to show that their efforts in coping with and recovering from loss shaped the future of their communities in the postwar period.

In August 2012, I completed my Master of Arts in History at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. My major research paper investigated the potential uses of augmented reality applications for history representation and massively collaborative histories. While at Brock, I worked with Dr. Kevin Kee, then director of the Centre for Digital Humanities. Our work focused primarily on emerging digital methodologies in humanities research.

From 2007, I studied at Brock University and in 2011 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and English Language and Literature. I also completed a minor in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies. During this time, I also studied at Keele University in Staffordshire, England, under a study abroad program. While in England, I worked as a volunteer archivist at Landguard Fort in Felixstowe, Suffolk.