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ongoing projects

Endangered Data Week

I am founder and organizer of Endangered Data Week, a collaborative effort, coordinated across campuses, nonprofits, libraries, citizen science initiatives, and cultural heritage institutions to shed light on public datasets that are in danger of being deleted, repressed, mishandled, or lost.

History Harvest

History Harvest undergraduate and graduate students meet members of the community and digitize their stories and historical objects as part of a community-based, online collection. I was first involved with History Harvest at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a graduate student volunteer and later Project Manager. I now teach a History Harvest class at Michigan State University (HST 495).

Exploratory Text & Data Mining

I’m working alongside MSU Librarians and LEADR undergraduate staff to make derivative datasets, subsets, visualizations, and metadata for existing humanities datasets.

workshops and speaking

Getting Started with Data, Tools, & Platforms

I’ve taught (with Thomas Padilla), a week-long, intensive course at HILT (Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching) for three years. Getting Started with Data, Tools, & Platforms explores tools and platforms that support digital humanities research, analysis, and publication and reframes sources as data that enable digital research.

Software and Data Carpentry

I’m currently completing training for both Software and Data Carpentry.


  • Locke, Brandon. “Digital Humanities Pedagogy as Essential Liberal Education: A Framework for Curriculum Development.” Digital Humanities Quarterly.
  • Locke, Brandon and Kristen Mapes. “Do DH librarians need to be in the library?: DH librarianship in academic units.” Digital Humanities In the Library / Of the Library: A dh+lib Special Issue, dh+lib,

resources, guides, and tutorials

Classroom Tutorials


Since 2015, I’ve taught a weeklong institute at HILT (Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching) for faculty, librarians, and graduate students.

I regularly teach Digital History courses at Michigan State University, including HST 251 - Doing Digital History and HST 495 - The History Harvest.

past projects

The Military-Masculinity Complex

The Military-Masculinity Complex: Hegemonic Masculinity and the United States Armed Forces is a large digital history project I completed to fulfill the thesis requirements for my Master’s Degree in History at UNL. The project critically examines the usage of hegemonic masculinity in documents produced by the US military to promote idealistic manhood and soothe concerns over the use and misuse of military force. I wrote about my initial conceptualization of the project in Pursuing a Hypertextual Argument with ‘No Reservations’ and wrote retrospectively about the process in Conceptualizing “The Military-Masculinity Complex” and Building “The Military-Masculinity Complex”.


I completed Newsboys in the Spring 2011 semester as part of a seminar in Digital History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The project centers around the masculine discourse present in a World War II naval ammunitions depot in Hastings, NE. The project was my first experience with digital architecture and HTML/CSS design.