Invited Speaking

Contact me at or @literature_geek about speaking at your institution! You can read more about me on my online portfolio at Recent invited talks are listed below, followed by possible speaking topics.

Recent invited speaking includes:

  • Keynote at Vanderbilt University THATCamp Symposium (October 2016)
  • Digital Library Federation (DLF) eResearch Network (July 2016)
  • Brown University Libraries and Cogut Center for the Humanities (November 2015)
  • Northeastern University "Literature together: participatory digital editions, social annotation, and the public humanities" (October 2015). Public lecture plus guest lecture for NUlab graduate practicum course
  • "Culture Analytics and User Experience Design” weeklong workshop at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA (April 2016)
  • Dr. Matthew Kirschenbaum’s "Critical Topics in Digital Studies” graduate course at the University of Maryland (October 2015). Skype panelist on participatory digital humanities sites and discussion of digital dissertation experience
  • MIT Media Lab “Public => Participatory Digital Humanities: designing the past & present of human culture for everyone” (May 2015)
  • MITH (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities) Digital Dialogue "Do read the comments: Designing digital editions for the public humanities" (April 2015)
  • Nebraska Forum on Digital Humanities "“What if we build a digital edition and everyone shows up? Public Humanities, Participatory Design, and Infinite Ulysses” (April 2014)
  • Dr. Hans Walter Gabler's Digital Ulysses Master Class at the Univeristy of Victoria (June 2013)


Digital humanities

  • What is the digital humanities and why is it good for my department/university? How can I get started in the digital humanities?
  • Participatory digital editions and other DH projects that invite and support a public humanities
  • Scholarly social media for better and happier research (blogging and Twitter in particular)

Digital humanities dissertations

  • Designing and pursuing a successful digital dissertation. I successfully defended a wholly digital, no-chapters literature dissertation in April 2015 that won my university's Distinguished Dissertation Award for that year. I am now in a tenure-track assistant professorship, and I blogged throughout the PhD on both my research and about the broader digital dissertation process.
  • Supporting digital dissertations and other digital student work: how to evaluate digital work, support it and track effort while it’s happening, and how to argue for the necessity of a digital format and/or method

Digital humanities technology & training

  • Visual and user experience (UX) design for digital humanities websites and other interfaces (and other interfaces)
  • Digital humanities web development, design, and user/usability testing, including workshops on specific skills like GitHub/git for the classroom, Omeka for textual scholars, making and hosting your first web page (HTML5 and CSS3), or starting your own research blog (from setting up the website through writing your first post)
  • Web annotation for research, teaching, and learning

I’m happy to consult informally with faculty, students, and staff interested in learning a digital skill, pursuing a digital project, or doing/mentoring a digital dissertation while on campus.