I am an environmental historian and cultural geographer with over two years of experience working in public history and digital media.
PhD, Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, August 2016
MS, Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, December 2008
BA, Sarah Lawrence College, May 2003
Managing Editor, Wisconsin 101 (http://www.wi101.org/)
JULY 2015 – JANUARY 2017
Managed a web-based participatory history exhibit that invites Wisconsin residents to research and write about state, regional, and national history using everyday objects. The project also provided teaching material for both learning and doing place-based history in K-12 and college classrooms.
- Recruited, edited, and published all content submissions.
- Redesigned user experience of the project’s online exhibit to improve site navigation, page layout, and connections among objects and their stories.
- Revised the project’s submission guide to offer more guidance for prospective authors and clarify the publication process.
- Designed a plan to reach a new population of secondary school teachers with a new “For Teachers” section of the website to be launched in 2017. This resource would offer teaching materials for bringing together history and material culture in K-12 and college classrooms.
- Organized and led outreach events at historical societies and conferences around the state.
- Troubleshot and resolved all bugs in the project website, WordPress theme, and plugins.
- Assisted with grant writing and grant submission to secure future funding for the project.
- Created manuals, workflows, and other documentation to train future managing editors.
- Led two advisory board meetings each year to determine future directions for the project.
Doctoral Researcher, Dept. of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
JANUARY 2009 – JULY 2016
Conducted a large-scale, multi-year study seeking to understand how people, technology, and environment have intersected over 300 years to create widespread ecological damage in the Mississippi River Delta. This work is under an advance contract with the University of Washington Press for publication as a book and accompanying interactive website aimed at a broad audience.
Developer and Managing Editor, Edge Effects (http://edgeeffects.net)
APRIL 2014 – MAY 2015
Worked iteratively with an interdisciplinary community of scholars from across the humanities and social and natural sciences to design, build, and maintain a public-facing digital magazine.
- Developed style guides and editorial and publishing workflows from scratch. These documents provided guidance for recruiting, editing, and publishing a variety of different content formats ranging from essays and reviews to comics, photo-essays, and “listicles.”
- Managed a team of six graduate-student editors to recruit, edit, and publish high quality content twice weekly.
- Grew an audience of 5,000-7,000 monthly views in under one year from launch.
- Troubleshot and resolved bugs in the magazine’s WordPress theme and plugins.
Project Assistant to Prof. William Cronon, Dept. of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
SEPTEMBER 2010 – MAY 2014
Researched present-day locations of historic photographs in and around Portage, Wisconsin, and then conducted historic re-photography to develop a comparative archive of urban and environmental change over almost 150 years.
- Conducted basic digital photo editing.
- Digitized historic newspapers to create a searchable, tagged archive.
- Performed basic web development, including editing and building web pages.
- Updated static maps of Portage and the surrounding region using Adobe Illustrator.
Masters Researcher, Dept. of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
SEPTEMBER 2006 – DECEMBER 2008
Conducted a study to understand the relationship between tourism, resort landscapes, and indigenous cultural preservation and interpretation along Hawaiʻi’s Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. This research was published in the scholarly journal Social & Cultural Geography in 2014. Landscape Architecture Magazine has commissioned an article about this research—aimed at a broader audience—to be published in 2017.
A Place With No Edge: Organizing Nature in the Mississippi River Delta (Under Contract with University of Washington Press)
“Palimpsest by the Sea: Hawaiʻi’s Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail,” Landscape Architecture Magazine, forthcoming Summer 2017
“Vanishing Act: Burning Man, Nevada’s Trippy Desert Festival, Cleans Up Well,” Landscape Architecture Magazine, August 2016
“Working the Edge; or, How We Built This Thing,” Edge Effects, October 8, 2015
“Unstrategic Essentialism: Material Culture and Hawaiian Articulations of Indigeneity,” Social & Cultural Geography vol. 15, no. 2 (2014): 172-200
SELECT AWARDS AND HONORS
2016 Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Workshop Fellowship, Humanities Without Walls Consortium ($4,500)
2014 Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities, Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison ($13,000)
2014 Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship, UW-Madison ($6,453)
2014 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant, Center for Culture, History, and Environment, UW-Madison (also received in 2011)
2013 Whitbeck Graduate Dissertator Award, Department of Geography, UW-Madison ($6,000)
2011 Trewartha Graduate Research Award, Department of Geography, UW-Madison
2007 Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation (three years of support at $30,000, plus tuition)
2006 University Fellowship and Vilas Welcome Award, UW-Madison (two years of support at $15,570, plus tuition)
SELECT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
2016 Roundtable: “Digital Publishing Initiatives: Training Humanities Scholars,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
2012 Roundtable: “Environmental History and the Study of Vernacular Architecture,” Vernacular Architecture Forum Annual Meeting, Madison, WI.
2010 Paper: “Tourism, History, and Memory along Hawai’i’s Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail,” National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.
- Qualitative Research (Expert)
- Writing and Editing (Expert)
- Project Management (Proficient)
- French (Proficient)
- German (Novice)
- Spanish (Novice)
- Cartographic Design (Familiar)
- UX Design (Familiar)
- Microsoft Office Suite (Expert)
- WordPress (Expert)
- Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (Proficient)
- HTML & CSS (Proficient)
- Leaflet & D3 (Proficient)
- OmniPlan (Familiar)