My passion is building digital things that matter and that help people discover and generate knowledge. There are so many startups chasing the next hot app or product that we often forget that technology should facilitate real-world knowledge production, rather than just gathering user data for targeted business decisions. I'm currently looking at academic web development and digital humanities roles within because I feel strongly that this is where I can make the biggest impact.
I moved to Oregon from the Midwest partly to get outdoors more. Over the last few years I've thru-hiked the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in Wales, as well as sections of the Pacific Crest and Colorado Trails; backpacked through Cuba, Belize and Guatemala; and played in the United Kingdom university ultimate frisbee championship game. I dabble in sport climbing and scuba diving, and wouldn't say no to some singletrack biking either. Even though the PNW has stolen my winter weather tolerance, I'm still a diehard Green Bay Packers fan and Wisconsinite at heart.
Academically, I'm a second year graduate student in the English MA (literature and culture track, graduating June 2017) at Oregon State University, focusing on digital humanities and British literature. My thesis is a two part project. The first piece is Laboring-Class Poets Online, a website and database of biographical and bibliographic data for over 2,000 British working-class writers active from 1700-1900; the written component focuses on database theory, databases and collections as cultural objects, and humanities datasets. I was a Provost's Fellow during 2015-2016, and am currently a GTA for the Division of Outreach and Engagement. During winter 2017 I was a GTA for the School of Writing, Literature and Film course "Intro to Digital Humanities: The Virtual Collection" - check out my students' final project here. I also volunteer for the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations as a web developer.
I graduated from Creighton University in 2015 summa cum laude with Honors with double majors in Computer Science and British Literature at Creighton University. I worked as an intern for ConAgra Foods Information Technology and Creighton's Research and Development Lab. My honors thesis, supported by a CURAS summer research fellowship and a Presidential Mentoring fellowship, was a digital edition entitled Transforming Robert Tannahill.