Contact me at or @literature_geek about speaking at your institution! You can read more about me on my online portfolio.

Possible topics:

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)
  • Research blogging

Digital humanities dissertations

  • Designing and pursuing a successful digital dissertation (I successfully defended a wholly digital, no-chapters literature dissertation in April 2015 and am now in a tenure-track assistant professorship… and I blogged throughout both about my research and about the 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

  • Designing digital humanities websites (and other interfaces)
  • Web annotation for research, teaching, and learning
  • 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)
  • User experience design for the digital humanities
  • Teaching digital humanities

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.

Recent invited speaking includes:

  • Brown University (November 2016). Public lecture.
  • 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.
  • MIT Media Lab “Public => Participatory Digital Humanities: designing the past & present of human culture for everyone” (May 2015).
  • "Culture Analytics and User Experience Design” weeklong workshop at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA (April 2016).
  • Purdue University "Service +/- Collaboration for Digital Humanities in the Library” (July 2015).
  • 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.
  • MITH (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities) Digital Dialogue "Do read the comments: Designing digital editions for the public humanities" (April 2015).
  • Folger Shakespeare Library sponsored panel discussant: "Folger Digital Agendas III: Digital Futures". (Renaissance Society of America, March 2016).
  • 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).