Research

NB: Click here to view my CV (current as of 9/1/18).

My current research centers on the cultural and critical dimensions of data. 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 book project, Data Feminism, is a trade book co-authored with Catherine D’Ignazio (Emerson College/MIT). This book introduces a general audience to the idea of data feminism: a way of thinking about data and visualization that is informed by the past several decades of feminist activism and critical thought. A final component of my research involves the application of quantitative methods to humanistic questions. In particular, I’m interested in exploring how quantitative methods can be used to surface otherwise invisible forms of labor, agency, and action.

I’m also finalizing my first book, Matters of Taste: Eating, Aesthetics, and the Early American Archive, for a Spring 2020 publication date. Matters of Taste explores how eating offers a new way of thinking about aesthetics in early America—and, therefore, about the philosophical work of food and its significance for the people who prepare, serve, 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. Our next co-edited volume 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.