I am a part-time graduate student at George Mason University. I graduated in May 2020 from GMU with a Masters of Arts in History with a concentration in Public History. While at GMU I completed coursework in Museum Studies and Computational History which has increased my passion for public history, educating the public, and creating data visualizations. I learned more about the R programming language with Computational history that motivated me to learn more about Digital Public Humanities. My broad scholarly interests include 18th and 19th century United States history such as Colonial America through Reconstruction with a special interest in political science and religion from my background as I studied political science and history as an Undergraduate at William Jewell College before my M.A. at GMU.
My key skills and interests include using Omeka and data visualizations to create geospatial maps through various software such as Kepler.gl and the R programming language. I have subsequently developed an interest in learning more and utilizing Tableau, Drupal, and QGIS for Mac OS. My questions from previous courses within this certificate HIST 680 Introduction to Digital Public Humanities and HIST 694 Digital Public History include how to best engage the public in getting them interested in history and conveying history to the public as well as how to best locate data for DH tools such as mapping and geolocation. My previous experience with Omeka resulted in two digital humanities projects, The first is the digital representation of my Masters’ Thesis at George Mason University that analyzed how Freedmen in Alexandria, VA advocated for their right to vote from 1865 to 1870. The Omeka exhibit is located here. The second Digital Humanities project which resulted from HIST 694: Digital Public History analyzed why Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges which legalized same-sex marriage in 2015. The broader purpose of the study is to depict how the Radical Republicans passed the Fourteenth Amendment from 1865-1868 during the Reconstruction Era. The DH project is located here.
The professional role I hope to have that is related to history is an Archivist or Museum Technician with the Federal Government. I love the idea of collaborating with others to convey history to the public. I became interested in the collaborative nature of public history from my internship designing an exhibit for Alexandria City Hall in Virginia with the Office of Historic Alexandria during summer 2019. I believe this course will help me to reach my goal through practice, dedication, and helping me to learn new concepts to further market my skills and abilities with conveying history to the public. My overall goals for this course are to learn more about computer languages such as html, digital archives, and teaching history online.