NB: Click here to view my CV (current as of 9/1/18).
My current research is centered around the cultural and critical dimensions of data and its visualization. I’m at work on an interactive book on the history of data visualization, emphasizing 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 book project, which I’m writing with Catherine D’Ignazio (Emerson College), introduces the idea of data feminism: a way of thinking about data and its visualization that is informed by the past several decades of feminist activism and critical thought. A final component of my research involves the practice of visualization. I’m interested in designing data visualizations that present concepts, advance arguments, and perform critique.
I’m also finalizing my first book, Matters of Taste: Eating, Aesthetics, and the Early American Archive (University of Minnesota Press), which explores how eating can offer 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.
In addition, I serve as associate series editor (with Matthew K. Gold) for Debates in the Digital Humanities, a hybrid print/digital publication stream from the University of Minnesota Press that explores debates in the field as they emerge. The next annual volume is slated for a Spring 2019 release.
Other recent (and forthcoming) publications include:
- “Code.” In Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, eds. Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, and Jentery Sayers. Forthcoming from the Modern Language Association, 2018.
- “Timescape and Memory: Visualizing Big Data at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.” In The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities, ed. Jentery Sayers (Routledge, 2018): 433-442.
- “The Shape of History: Reimagining Elizabeth Palmer Peabody’s Feminist Visualization Work.” Coauthored with Caroline Foster, Adam Hayward, Erica Pramer, and Shivani Negi. Feminist Media Histories 3.3 (Summer 2017): 149-153.
- “Data as Media.” Coauthored with Miriam Posner. Introduction to special issue. Feminist Media Histories 3.3 (Summer 2017): 1-8.
- “Speculative Aesthetics.” Invited response. Early American Literature 51.2 (Spring 2016): 437-445.
- “Digital Humanities: The Expanded Field.” Coauthored with Matthew K. Gold. Introduction to Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016 (University of Minnesota Press, 2016).
And some oldies-but-goodies:
- “Exploratory Thematic Analysis for Digitized Archival Collections.” Coauthored with Jacob Eisenstein and Iris Sun. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 30.4 (December 2015): 130-141.
- “Dinner-Table Bargains: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and the Senses of Taste.” Early American Literature 49.2 (Spring 2014): 403-433.
- “The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hemings.” American Literature 85.4 (December 2013): 661-688.
- “American Studies after the Internet.” Review essay. American Quarterly 64.4 (December 2012): 861-72.
If you’d like me to send you a copy of one of these publications, or any others, please just drop me a line.