I am a Digital Historian and Assistant Director of the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University.
Previously I was assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at The University of Alabama. There I was the founding director of the Director of the REL Digital Lab, a digital humanities lab supporting research and teaching within the Religious Studies department.
I focus on data curation, machine learning, and natural language processing with historical sources. I consider issues of AI ethics and the intersection of historical methods, focused on context and complexity, and the building of large-scale models.
- The Tie that Binds. A book project offering a media history of print in the development of Seventh-day Adventism.
- A Digital Scholarly Edition of Seventh-day Adventist Periodicals. A digital project that offers an experiment in curating, describing, and creating in interactive browser for my research corpus.
- Scarcity in Abundance. Research papers evaluating the effect of OCR errors of historical documents on natural language processing tasks.
- Versions and Values (with Zoe LeBlanc). A computational study of the DH community on Github.
I received my PhD in History from George Mason University in 2019 for my digital dissertation, A Gospel of Health and Salvation: Modeling the Religious Culture of Seventh-day Adventism, 1843 - 1920. Built on a topic model of Seventh-day Adventist periodicals, the project both considers the use of computational methods for historical scholarship and uses it to explore the role of end-times expection in the development of the denomination.
MAR | History of Christianity | Yale Divinity School, 2011 summa cum laude
BA | Philosophy, English | Calvin University, 2008
|Jul 1, 2023||Debates in Digital Humanities 2023 is coming out this month, and within it, my essay (co-written with Celeste Sharpe and Zoe LeBlanc) on the status and future of digital dissertations in the discipline of History.|
|Jun 12, 2023||As of June 12th, I am working with the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University as Assistant Director. I am initially focused on the Post-Doc, Grants, and Fellowships programs, and starting to dig into questions of the future of digital humanities research at Princeton and beyond.|
|Mar 11, 2022||Digital Humanities and Libraries and Archives in Religious Studies has been released by De Gruyter. The book is available open access, and includes my article, “Mining Eschatology in Seventh-day Adventist Periodicals.”|