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C&O Canal Update (2/25/2018):

I gave a presentation for the C&O Canal Trust on February 25 near Great Falls. Here is a link to some documents associated with that talk:

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!

  1. The Virginia Forum, Emory & Henry, March 15-17
  2. Current Research in Digital History, George Mason U., March 17
  3. 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,WRNHP cooccurrence chart 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.

Legacy Square in PNC before being the Negro league memorial was removed.
Legacy Square in PNC before being the Negro league memorial was removed.

Disappointment in Pittsburgh: How the Pirates Ditched Pittsburgh’s Negro Leagues Past: Blog #10October 12, 2015

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.


Screenshot of High Pass in EQ2

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


A Memorial/Celebration in honor of Ribbitribbit in Everquest II
A Memorial/Celebration in honor of Ribbitribbit in Everquest II

Goodman and Ribbitribbit: How MMO Communities MemorializeBlog #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

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