From Data to Scholarship

Bridging the Gap

July 11, 2014

I am so excited that Celeste Sharpe and I have been awarded an ACH microgrant for "Bridging the Gap: Women, Code, and the Digital Humanities". This grant will help us create a curriculum for workshops aimed at bridging the gender gap between those...

Summer of Research, Part I

July 08, 2014

The Lean Dissertation

This summer I am beginning to work in earnest on my dissertation. The years of course work and exams are done, completed, passed and past. The experience is an odd combination of freeing and overwhelming, as many who have hit...

All Models are Wrong

June 12, 2014

This piece is cross-posted on the ACH Blog

"Essentially, all models are wrong but some are useful." This phrase, attributed to George Box, was the mantra for the Data Mining for Digital Humanists course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute last...

Moving to Middleman

March 12, 2014

Things are a-changing here at While I have been a WordPress user for many years, it is time for a change. As I learn more about the web and about creating sites for long-term management, I have become convinced that simple is a virtue...

Bringing Rails Girls to the Digital Humanities

July 30, 2013

Last fall I attended Rails Girls DC, a one day workshop that introduces women to programming using Ruby on Rails. It was a wonderful event and I learned a lot. But I also left inspired to bring this sort of event to the Digital Humanities! We too have...

Intro to Rails Girls for HASTAC 2013

March 15, 2013

This is a draft of a lightening talk I will be giving a HASTAC 2013 on Rails Girls, a seminar popular around the world for introducing women to programming in Ruby on Rails.

One ongoing source of tension in the digital humanities community has been...

Review of HERB: Social History for Every Classroom

March 05, 2013

Review of HERB: Social History for Every Classroom, a product of the American Social History Project and the Center for Learning and Media at CUNY.

The assignment for this week was to look outside of the projects of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for...

Social Gospel and Missions

December 06, 2012

Gender and the Social Gospel, Wendy Deichmann Edwards and Carolyn De Swarte Gifford, eds.

This series of essays focuses on the lack of attention to women and gender within the historical discourse around the social gospel movement. General topics...

Short Tutorial: Cleaning up downloaded files

November 28, 2012

So you used wget or Python to pull down a collection of files from the web. Excellent! But in looking through your loot, you notice that a number of the files are oddly small and, on further examination, find that they are functionally empty. How do...

Looking outside the Protestant bubble

November 20, 2012

Maureen Fitzgerald, Habits of Compassion

Habits of Compassion looks at the history of relief work in New York city by focusing on the efforts of Irish Catholic nuns, a focus that is part of a larger effort to address the tendency in women’s history...

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