Digital humanities, cultural analytics, social media, twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature, network analysis, readership and reception studies.
Postdoctoral Associate in Information Science, Cornell University, August 2019 – Present
Ph.D., English & American Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, 2013 – 2019
Dissertation: Postwar Redux: The Recirculation of Postwar American Literature and the Rise of Networked Readers in the Twenty-First Century
Advisor: William J. Maxwell
M.A., English, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, 2015
B.A., English, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, 2013
summa cum laude
“Tweets of a Native Son: The Quotation and Recirculation of James Baldwin from Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter,” American Quarterly, 70, no. 3 (2018).
Tweets of a Native Son, www.TweetsofaNativeSon.com, a website featuring interactive data visualizations about James Baldwin’s digital afterlives.
Essays, Reviews, & Interviews
“Beautifying Beale Street,” Los Angeles Review of Books, December 2018.
“Unattended Packages,” Chicago Reader, December 2018.
“Echoes: Memes, Art, & Collectives on the Internet,” The Spectacle, July 2018
Awards & Fellowships
Emerging Open Scholarship Award, Honorable Mention, 2020. Awarded by the Canadian Social Knowledge Institute for Tweets of a Native Son.
Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Spring 2019. Awarded annually to graduate students in Arts & Sciences who have been nominated for outstanding teaching by their home department.
Dissertation Fellowship, Center for the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis, 2018. Awarded annually to six doctoral candidates in the humanities in support of the dissertation.
Digital Humanities 2018 Bursary Scholarship, The Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), June 2018. Awarded to ten early career scholars in support of travel to the Digital Humanities 2018 Conference in Mexico City, Mexico.
Digital Approaches Reading Group Grant, Center for the Humanities, Washington University, 2015-2018. Awarded to support the Digital Humanities Reading Group, an interdisciplinary community of Washington University in St. Louis graduate students and faculty that meet to discuss readings, workshop articles, and collaborate on small projects broadly related to “digital approaches.”
William J. Hill Visiting Researcher Travel Grant, Wittliff Collections, Texas State University, May 2018. Awarded to support dissertation research of the Sandra Cisneros Papers.
Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship, The Lilly Library, Indiana University, January 2018. Awarded to support dissertation research of the Vonnegut mss.
Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) Scholar, 2016-2018. A multi-university fellowship, mentorship, and networking program for graduate students.
Humanities Digital Workshop Summer Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis, 2015, 2016, 2017. A summer fellowship program where students collaborate with faculty on digital humanities projects.
Research Assistantship, Text Mining the Novel (NovelTM), Spring 2017. A semester-long research assistantship with Professor Matt Erlin focused on the computational network analysis of German Enlightenment periodicals. Part of the multi-university, digital humanities partnership, NovelTM, and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
National Science Foundation Travel Grant, “Archives Unleashed,” Internet Archive, San Francisco, CA, February 2017. Awarded to thirty researchers to support travel to “Archives Unleashed,” a web archiving workshop for developing open-source tools and approaches to web archives.
Harriet Schwenk Kluver Prize, Washington University in St. Louis, 2010. Awarded annually to two freshmen for excellence in writing.
Conferences, Presentations, & Workshops
“Documenting Twitter Protest,” American Studies Association, Honolulu, HI, November 2019.
“Working with Twitter Data,” Day of Data – Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY, October 2019.
“The Crowdsourced ‘Classics,’” Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, College Park, MD, October 2019.
“New Horizons in Network Analysis,” Co-Organizer and Presenter, ACH, Pittsburgh, PA, July 2019.
“Mapping the Librotraficante Movement,” Global DH Symposium, East Lansing, MI, March 2019.
“Between Readers: A Short Methodological History of Networked Reading,” MLA Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, January 2019.
“James Baldwin, #BlackLivesMatter, and Networks of Textual Recirculation,” DH 2018 Conference, Mexico City, Mexico, June 2018.
“Kurt Vonnegut Unstuck in Time for $1.99: Amazon Kindle Worlds and the Readerly Reimagination of Postwar American Fiction,” Post45 Graduate Symposium, New Haven, CT, March 2018.
“Stories of Dissent: Rereading #Ferguson,” Panel Organizer and Presenter, American Studies Association, Chicago, IL, November 2017.
“Access,” Discussant, Text Mining the Novel (NovelTM) Workshop, Montreal, Canada, October 2017.
“Cultural Analytics,” Discussant, Computational and Data-Intensive Cultural Studies Symposium, South Bend, IN, May 2017.
“James Baldwin’s New Media Readers,” Global DH Symposium, East Lansing, MI, March 2017.
“The Mythology of James Baldwin on Twitter,” Post45 Graduate Symposium, Berkeley, CA, February 2017.
“Archives Unleashed,” Participant, Web Archiving Workshop for Researchers, Internet Archive, San Francisco, CA, February 2017.
“Tweets of a Native Son: James Baldwin and the Literary-Critical Use of a Social Media Archive,” Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis, MO, November 2016.
“Introduction to Cultural Analytics: Data, Computation, & Culture,” Spring 2020 Cornell University.
“Humanities by the Numbers: Essential Readings in the Digital Humanities,” Co-designed and co-taught with Professor Matt Erlin, Spring 2018, Washington University.
“American Fiction in the Social Media Age”, Fall 2017, Washington University.
“College Writing 1,” Spring 2016 and Fall 2015, Washington University.
“American Fiction From 1945 to the Present,” with Professor Long Le-Khac, Fall 2016, Washington University.
Python, programming language
Website development and maintenance with raw HTML & CSS (web design languages), static-site generators (Jekyll), and content management systems (WordPress)
Experience with the software packages Gephi (network analysis and visualization), Tableau (data visualization), QGIS (mapping), OpenRefine (data cleanup), and Adobe Photoshop
Cultural Analytics Society, Co-founder and mentor, Cornell University, 2019.
Founder and Consultant, Digital Humanities Drop-in Clinic for Graduate Students, Humanities Digital Workshop, Washington University, 2017-2018.
Convener, Graduate Advisory Panel, English Department, Washington University, 2017-2018.
Co-Convener and Co-Founder, Digital Approaches Reading Group, Washington University, 2015-2018.
Co-Coordinator, “Responsible Teaching Under a Trump Administration,” Washington University, November 2017.
Member, Faculty Search Committee, Assistant Professor in English Literature with Specialty in Computational Approaches, Washington University, 2015-2016.
Peer Mentor, English Department, Washington University, 2014-2016.
Spanish (advanced reading and writing, basic speaking)