Research

NB: Click here to view my CV (current as of Fall 2019).

My current research employs data as both object and method. I’m at work on an interactive book on the history of data visualization, tentatively titled Data by Design. Awarded an NEH-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication, Data by Design emphasizes how the modern visualizing impulse emerged from a set of complex intellectually and politically-charged contexts in the United States and across the Atlantic. My other current project, Vectors of Freedom, involves the application of quantitative methods to the “data” of early American culture. In particular, I’m interested in exploring how quantitative methods can be used to surface the otherwise invisible forms of labor, agency, and action, that inhere in the print record of the abolitionist movement of the nineteenth-century United States.

I have two books coming out in Spring 2020. The first, Data Feminism (MIT Press), co-authored with Catherine D’Ignazio, introduces a general audience to a new way of thinking about data and data science that is informed by the past several decades of feminist activism and critical thought. The secondAn Archive of Taste: Race and Eating in the Early United States (University of Minnesota Press) explores how eating offers a new way of thinking about aesthetics in the early republic—and, therefore, about the philosophical work of food and its significance for the people who prepare, present, and consume it.

I serve as associate series editor (with Matthew K. Gold) for Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press), a hybrid print/digital publication stream that explores debates in the field as they emerge. The most recent book in the series is Debates in the Digital Humanities 2019.

Other recent (and forthcoming) publications include:

Additional publications include:

If you’d like me to send you a copy of one of these publications, or any others, please just drop me a line.