me, myself, and i
I am public historian who studies race and ethnicity in the long nineteenth century. I am currently the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Liberal Arts at Macalester College. In the Fall, I will join the faculty at the University of Cincinnati as an Assistant Professor of History and Director of Public History.
One common thread weaves together all of my work: I use critical digital pedagogies to examine domestic and communal spaces. For instance, I used GIS and network analysis to reconstitute the social fabric of the Great Plains via the Homestead Act in my co-authored manuscript, Homesteading the Plains; my monograph Housing the Crows explores the linkages between housing and adult Indian education on the Crow Reservation through a series of photographs that also comprise the corpus of my next digital project; and my next book examining mental asylums will use 3D modeling to explore the impact of the institutional spaces on indigenous women.
Along the way, I have published digital projects with students about the effects of urban renewal on housing and economy in Rondo, a predominantly African American neighborhood in St. Paul, MN, alongside articles about the pedagogical methods buttressing the digital components. The Rondo project’s reliance on community engagement led me to conclude that there was a vacancy in the scholarship about best practices for digital community engagement. I am now the lead editor for a volume on the topic called Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy.