Digital Humanities Program Manager @ Yale University

Ph.D. English; M.A. Digital Humanities

At the Yale Digital Humanities Lab, I build strategic partnerships to develop opportunities for innovative, user-centered digital products that responsibly visualize data, educate users, and surface hidden narratives and bias. Recent project partners include: Yale Quantum Institute, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, the New Haven Museum, and the New Haven Building Archive.

I coordinate public events and workshops on data feminism, responsible AI and its creative potential, open data, and data visualization in order to build community around and increase public understanding of ethical technology.

I also manage an NEH/AHRC-funded grant partnership between Yale University, Oxford University, the University of Edinburgh, and Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, and our collaborative project that uses humanities expertise, text mining, analytics, and machine learning to align and enhance cultural heritage metadata.

My own research explores the poetics of code from the 19th century to the present, and focuses on the intersection of material culture and technology. I argue that digital’s real potential comes when we see it as a way to express the intrinsic, user-centered interactivity in any object, so I turned Emily Dickinson’s immersive envelope poems into interactive digital objects, Herman Melville’s notoriously circuitous Moby-Dick into a hyperlinked Choose Your Own Adventure story, Frances E.W. Harper’s newspaper poems into digital ephemera, and Walt Whitman’s engrossing and fragmentary autobiography into a blog.

I have taught courses on digital culture and American poems, and lead workshops on ethical, accessible digital humanities project development. In my spare time you can find me assembling Billy bookshelves from IKEA, and limiting my excess computer time mostly to keep from adopting more dogs than my apartment will currently hold.