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In my research, I combine computational and critical methods in order to tell new stories about the nation’s past—in particular, about the cultural and political contributions of women and Black people in the early United States. I also trace these histories into the present, exploring how data and data science can be used to work towards gender equity and racial justice.
I am the author of two recent books. The first, Data Feminism (MIT Press, 2020), 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 second, An Archive of Taste: Race and Eating in the Early United States (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) 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’m currently at work on two new projects. The first is 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 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 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:
- “Seven Intersectional Feminist Principles for Equitable and Actionable COVID-19 Data.” Coauthored with Catherine D’Ignazio. Forthcoming in Big Data & Society, 2020.
- “Dimensions of Scale: Invisible Labor, Editorial Work, and the Future of Quantitative Literary Studies.” PMLA 135.1 (January 2020): 23-39.
- “A DH that Matters.” Coauthored with Matthew K. Gold. Introduction to Debates in the Digital Humanities 2019 (University of Minnesota Press, 2019).
Some favorite publications include:
- “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.
- “Feminist Data Visualization.” Coauthored with Catherine D’Ignazio. Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities, IEEE VIS 2016. Baltimore, MD, 2016.
- “Exploratory Thematic Analysis for Historical Newspaper Archives.” Coauthored with Jacob Eisenstein and Iris Sun. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 30.1 (December 2015): 130-141.
- “The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hemings.” American Literature 85.4 (December 2013): 661-688.
If you’d like me to send you a copy of one of these publications, or any others, please just drop me a line.