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 shows how visualizations of data, like data themselves, are never neutral informational forms. Rather, they always carry a set of implicit assumptions—and, at times, explicit arguments—about how knowledge is produced, and who is authorized to produce it.

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 characterized the abolitionist movement of the nineteenth-century United States. A recent essay related to this project, “Dimensions of Scale: Invisible Labor, Editorial Work, and the Future of Quantitative Literary Studies,” was recently published in PMLA.

I had two books come 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 publications include:

Some favorite 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.