Public and Digital Scholarship

I am invested in research and scholarship that serves all communities. I have had the privilege of teaching and collaborating with a wide variety of learning communities. Each has furthered my commitment to humanities work that is accessible, adaptable, and engaging to different audiences and forums. I am excited by the innovation and creativity of public-facing humanities scholarship.

The Jane Austen Summer Program

JASP Context Corners

Each year, JASP includes “context corners”: 10-minute presentations on an historical aspect of that year’s text or topic. The presentations include a powerpoint and handouts that then frame small group discussions. A selection of materials that I have prepared for context corners appears here.

JASP Rare Books Tour year, a special collections exhibit is organized in connection to that year’s theme. I have curated two rare books exhibit: one collected materials in support of “Pride and Predjuce and its Afterlives” (2019), and a second, digital exhibit collected materials in support of “Jane Austen’s World” (2021).

Omeka Exhinited hosted by UNC Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library:

Lecturer, Galloway Ridge Retirement Center:
“The History of the Book from Antiquity to the Present Day”

In Fall 2020, I was thrilled to deliver a virtual lecture series to a local retirement center as a part of their lifelong education program. I proposed, developed, and led a seven-week lecture series on the history of the book to residents. Due to the restrictions of COVID-19, the series was necessarily virtual and the final proposed course date, a trip to UNC’s Special Collections Library, could not take place. The course syllabus and an interview about the course with UNC’s Health Humanities Lab are included below.

I created and edit The Digital Woman’s World (, an Omeka-based digital edition of the magazine edited by Oscar Wilde. No complete run of the magazine exists in any online database or in any archives. Therefore, one primary goal of the digital edition is collect and preserve this significant publication. In addition, the digital edition allows for students and researchers to access the content in any number of ways, according to their interests and needs: by author, by topic, or by issue. Its dynamic method of preserving and sorting a periodical text aims to leverage the versatility of digital media in order to represent the dynamic, reader-centric practices of periodical reading.

The work that I have completed on The Digital Women’s World benefits from my participation in The Digital Humanities Sumer Institute, where I enrolled in a course titled “Conceptualizing and Creating a Digital Edition.” As I moved forward with the project, however, I realized the benefit of The Digital Woman’s World as a collaborative, student-led project. In this light, The Digital Women’s World also includes guides for how to incorporate digital editing in the undergraduate classroom, and the benefits it offers to help students navigate and orient themselves within the massive corpus of Victorian periodicals.