I am Director of LEADR (Lab for the Education and Advancement in Digital Research) at the Michigan State University Department of History. LEADR is an interdisciplinary space for undergraduates and graduate students to learn, experiment, and build with cutting-edge tools, technologies, and methods for digital social science and humanities.
I arrived at MSU after earning a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I specialized in digital curation and focused on Digital Humanities. Prior to Illinois, I earned a Master's Degree in Modern American History, a specialization Women & Gender Studies, and a certificate in Digital Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. My primary research interest there was in masculinity, militarism, and the role of warfare in developing male citizenship. While at Nebraska, I served as Project Manager for History Harvest at UNL. This position, combined with my digital thesis, allowed me the opportunity to design and encode scholarship for the web, and to think about future methods of scholarship creation and distribution.
I aim to take my diverse education in historical scholarship, digital theory, and digital information management and embark on a career in an academic library, working alongside other librarians and scholars to structure digital data and knowledge in a way that enables humanistic research and use of computing to find, manipulate, and analyze information.