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Academic Positions


Tenure Track Appointments

Associate Professor of English, Northeastern University, July 2018-present

Assistant Professor of English, Northeastern University, August 2012-June 2018

Assistant Professor of English, St. Norbert College, August 2010-June 2012


Visiting/Temporary Appointments

Visiting Scholar, Big Data Institute, University College London, May 2016

Guest Researcher, Lehrstuhl für Digital Humanities, Universität Leipzig, Fall 2015-Spring 2016

Visiting Scholar, Internationalization Fellowship, Universität Passau, December 2014

Summer Scholar, North Dakota State University English Department, June 2014


Labs/Research Center Affiliations

Founding Core Faculty Member; NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks; Northeastern University; Fall 2012-present

Co-Director, NULab Graduate Fellows Program, Fall 2016-Spring 2017


Administrative Positions


Northeastern University

Founding Director, Huskiana Letterpress Studio, Northeastern University, 2019-present

Graduate Program Director, English Department, Northeastern University, 2018-2020

Co-Director, NULab Fellows Program, Northeastern University, 2016-2017


Previous Institutions

  • Director, Writing-Across-the-Curriculum, St. Norbert College, 2010-2012
  • Director, St. Norbert College Writing Center, 2010-2012
  • Director, University of Virginia Writing Center, 2009-2010
  • Assistant Director, University of Virginia Writing Center, 2008-2009

Education

Ph.D. English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, August 2010

Dissertation: “That Great Burning Day: Apocalypticism in Antebellum Literature and Culture.” Committee: Stephen Railton (director), Jerome McGann, and Victoria Olwell

B.A. English Language and Literature, magna cum laude, The George Washington University, May 2004


Fields of Study

Nineteenth-century American literature and culture, Digital Humanities, critical bibliography, history of the book, periodical studies, comparative textual media, American fiction, American religion


Honors


Fellowships

Senior Fellow, Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography, Rare Book School, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2017-present

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Digital Innovation Fellowship, for “Global Viral Texts,” 2015-2016

Accepted Participant, Summer Institute in Digital Textual Studies, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 2015-2016

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2013-2016

Northeastern University Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship, Program Theme: “Viral Culture,” 2013-2014

Big Data Institute Visiting Scholar Fellowship, University College London, May 2016

Faculty Development Summer Fellowship, Office of Faculty Development, St. Norbert College, to support development of a new digital humanities course, Summer 2011

SHANTI Exploratory Cohort Fellowship, for technical training, initial design, and help implementing a digital edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Celestial Railroad” (forthcoming at celestialrailroad.org), University of Virginia, 2009-10


Awards and Prizes

CSSH Outstanding Teaching Award, Northeastern University College of Social Sciences and Humanities, 2014-2015

Northeastern College of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Development Award, Spring 2014

“Best Digital Humanities Project for Public Audiences” for Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, with David DeCamp, Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Kristi Girdharry, James McGrath, and Alicia Peaker, Digital Humanities Awards 2013, awarded February 2014

5th Annual Best Article Prize (2013), ProQuest and the Research Society for American Periodicals, for “‘Taken Possession of’: Hawthorne’s ‘Celestial Railroad’ in the Nineteenth Century Evangelical Canon,” awarded January 2014

Thomas J. Griffis Prize for the Best Essay by a Student Beyond the First Year of Graduate Work in English, for “‘Taken Possession of’: Hawthorne’s ‘Celestial Railroad’ in the Nineteenth-Century Evangelical Canon,” University of Virginia English Department, 2010


DHNow Editors’ Choice Picks

Editors’ Choice, Digital Humanities Now, for blog post “What Makes Computational Evidence Significant for Literary-Historical Argument?” 1 August 2017

Editors’ Choice, Digital Humanities Now, for blog post/article pre-print, “Methods for Uncovering Reprinted Texts in Antebellum Newspapers,” June 2015

Editors’ Choice, Digital Humanities Now, for blog post, “How Not to Teach Digital Humanities,” February 2015

Editors’ Choice, Digital Humanities Now, for blog post, “DH, Interdisciplinarity, and Curricular Incursion,” February 2012


Scholarships

DHSI Tuition Scholarship for the “Geographic Information Systems in the Digital Humanities” course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, Canada, June 2011

Tane Travel Scholarship, for travel to present at the Bicentennial Poe Conference, Edgar Allan Poe Society, Philadelphia, October 2009


Grants


Oceanic Exchanges Project Grants

Lead Investigator with David Smith et al; Transatlantic Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities Digging Into Data Grant; for Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks In Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914 (OcEx); US award of $199,998 funded by the IMLS; total project across six international partners ~$1.5 million


Viral Texts Project Grants

Primary Investigator, with David Smith, Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Benjamin Schmidt, and James Allen, Mellon Grant ($500,000) to develop Proteus Toolset, awarded October 2014

Project Director and Primary Investigator, with David Smith and Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant ($59,805), “Uncovering Reprinting Networks in Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers” project, 2013-2014

Northeastern University Research Tier 1 Seed Grant ($50,000), for “Infectious Texts: Uncovering Reprinting Networks in Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers” project, 2013-2014


Our Marathon Project Grants

Funding from Iron Mountain to support digitization of cards and other messag