Language and Labor in the Digital Humanities, MLA 2019

I presented a paper on the ways we talk about DH labor at the 2019 MLA Convention. The panel, “Transacting DH: Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities of Collaboration,” was sponsored by the Association for Computers in the Humanities, and was chaired by Lisa Rhody (CUNY), and the panelists included Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Michigan State U), Rikk Mulligan (Carnegie Mellon U), and Dhanashree Thorat (Center for Digital Humanities, Pune, India).

The presentations and discussion focused on the transactional expectations of digital humanities projects and ways to keep humanistic inquiry at the center of projects that are valued according to an increasingly quantitative, metrics-driven system. The ACH blog has posted the abstracts of all of our presentations, and you can access the full text of my paper via Humanities Commons, the MLA’s open-access repository.

Read more about it on ZSR Library’s Inside ZSR blog!

Fred Harvey’s Tourist Map

In 1876, the Santa Fe Railroad hired British restauranteur Fred Harvey in the hopes of marketing their rail line via comfort food. It worked. The Santa Fe became, and still is, one of the most iconic railroads in the US, steeped in nostalgia and Americana.

Here’s a 1955 tourist map from the Fred Harvey Co. that documents the history of the company’s tourism business.

CLIR: The Splendid Torch

I co-authored a piece for the 2017 CLIR Report, A Splendid Torch: Learning and Teaching in Today’s Academic Libraries. I learned so much working alongside Marta Brunner, Ece Turnator, and Bridget Whearty to write “Creating Contact Zones in a ‘Post-Truth’ Era.”

And the best thing about CLIR publications (other than their relevant and important content)? They’re 100% open-access. It’s fun to share the knowledge without charging for it!


Studies in the Novel

Postcard: Elle of Ganado, ca. 1907, Fred Harvey Co. (Courtesy DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University)

I’m thrilled to announce the publication of the fall 2017 special issue of Studies in the Novel, “Gender and the Cultural Preoccupations of the American West,” which I co-edited with Sigrid Anderson Cordell (U Michigan). When the editors of Studies put out a CFP for special issue editors, we jumped at the opportunity to see who else out there was studying the lesser-known aspects of the literary production of American West, particularly the ways gender roles have been negotiated and constructed through literature.

We were the recipients of countless acts of academic generosity and camaraderie during the process of editing the issue, which I was pleasantly surprised to learn is quite the norm for women working in western studies. Victoria Lamont, Krista Comer, Melissa Homestead, Annette Kolodny, and Cathryn Halverson all offered support and mentorship through the process, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Krista ended up writing the Afterword, offering insight and reflection on the issue, as well as vision for the field’s next steps. In the extremely competitive world of academia, it’s refreshing (to say the least) to find a community of women that rallies around its members and advocates for everyone’s success.

Working with Studies‘ Managing Editor, Timothy Boswell, and Editor, Nora Gilbert, was also a delight. Their professional generosity made navigating the world of academic publishing from the editorial side (for the very first time), well, possible.

It is with gratitude that I announce the publication of this special issue.