January 2018 Update:
Work for Passel is ongoing. I have completed two projects on behalf of the C&O Canal Trust: (1) a special history project on the role of African American Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees in renovating the canal [available in the coming months], (2) a digital archive of materials held at the National Archives in College Park, available here.
I will be presenting at three conferences this Spring. I will also be at the Virginia Festival of Books for Liz’s book presentation. If you’re at any of these, please say hello!
- The Virginia Forum, Emory & Henry, March 15-17
- Current Research in Digital History, George Mason U., March 17
- Appalachian Studies Association, Cincinnati, April 5-8
Thinking about Gerrymandering: New Thoughts on Virginia: Blog #15, August 11, 2017
- A brief analysis based in statistics on Virginia’s gerrymandered House of Delegates
- Focus on the efficiency gap statistic & minority candidates making the jump from gerrymandered districts to state-level elections
Spontaneous Protest & Talk-Back Boards: Blog #14, November 16, 2016
- Some jumbled thoughts on talk-back boards, spontaneous protest, and the meaning of post-it notes
What I’ve Been Up To: Text Mining: Blog #12, January 15, 2016
- A brief update on my dissertation research as I enter the home stretch. Includes some discussion of word clouds and topic extraction.
Disappointment in Pittsburgh: How the Pirates Ditched Pittsburgh’s Negro Leagues Past: Blog #10, October 12, 2015
- Update: Article was picked up by the New Pittsburgh Courier. Cool.
A Confederate on Campus: Nathan Bedford Forrest as MTSU’s Mascot: Blog #9, August 25, 2015
- Article I wrote for the Sport in American History blog. Posted on my own blog here
- Overview of MTSU’s past association with Confederate imagery, specifically former KKK-leader and overall terrible person Nathan Bedford Forrest. A call for MTSU to finally rid campus of the final public attachment to this “heritage,” Forrest Hall.
Forgotten Spaces of Norrath: Why We Need a History of Digital Spaces: Blog #7, May 21, 2015
- A visual tour of abandoned digital space in one of my favorite games, Everquest II
- A brief call for historians and publishers to consider the role of history in MMO gaming
Goodman and Ribbitribbit: How MMO Communities Memorialize: Blog #6, April 28, 2015
- Overview and analysis of in-game memorials to real-life individuals in various MMO games
- Some thoughts on how to save these worlds and in-game memorials from fading away