PhD track student, College of Arts and Sciences, Digital Humanities, – University of Nebraska-Lincoln, expected graduation May 2022
MLIS online student, Digital Libraries concentration, University of North Carolina Greensboro, expected graduation December 2021
M.A., History, Virginia State University, Petersburg, 2013
Thesis: “With Great Zeal? The Social Context of Free Blacks Surviving the Confederacy”
B.A., Women’s and Gender Studies, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 2008
Digital Projects Research Experience
Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities-UNL (summer 2019) May 14, 2019-August 15, 2019
Research Supervisor: Dr. Matt Cohen
Assist with digitization of materials housed within Walt Whitman’s Annotations
Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities(Fall 2019-onwards)-UNL
Research Supervisor: Dr. Matt Cohen
Will assist with the structural redesign of the Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive as well as encoding Chesnutt’s published fiction and nonfiction. This digital edition will contain a collection of 300 contemporary reviews of six book-length works Chesnutt published between 1899 and 1905.
Graduate Research Assistant, History Department, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Research Supervisors: Drs. Margaret D. Jacobs and Elizabeth Lorang
Provided digitization and description while making accessible materials related to the Genoa U.S. Indian Industrial School.(fall 2018- spring 2019)
“Dispatches from 1842: George Thompson, Moses Grandy, and the Sociology of Knowledge” History Research Forum, Leeds-Beckett University, Leeds, UK, October 23, 2019
“Movement and Other Translations of Landscape” Digital Dialogues Forum, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, October 30, 2018
“GIS: Challenge and Opportunity For the Humanities” Digital Jumpstart Workshop 2018, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities University of Kansas April 6, 2018
“Uncanny Projections: The Challenge and Promise of Historical GIS” DH2017 Keynote, California State University- Fullerton Digital Humanities Symposium, November 15, 2017
“GIS As a Phenomenological Bridge to Enslaved Experience” Center for Digital Research in the Humanities Digital Humanities Forum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, April 7, 2017
“The Pursuit of Freedom in Antebellum Eastern North Carolina” Digital Humanities Symposium titled, “Mapping Movements and Memories: Global Perspectives in the Digital Humanities,” Vanderbilt University, April 3, 2017
“Reconstructing Moses Grandy’s World: The Interplay of GIS With Enslaved Narratives” Hall Center Digital Humanities Seminar, University of Kansas, February 20, 2017
“The Promise of Historical GIS Data for Libraries” GEO4Libraries Camp, Stanford University, CA, January 30, 2017
“The Lure of the Ebb Tide: Charting Struggle and Promise Along Moses Grandy’s Journey to Freedom” in panel The World Maroons Made: Community, Mobility, and the Insurgency of Freedom in the Great Dismal Swamp, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora10th Biennial Conference, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. November 5-9, 2019
“A History of a Life with its Deepest Intentions: Moses Grandy’s Narrative of Enslavement” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, University of Massachusetts- Amherst. July 15-19, 2019
“Digital Reading Practices for Learning Pathways: The Digitized Slave Narrative” in panel Let’s Get Digital: Using Digital Resources in the Classroom Teachers Luncheon, Eighty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Birmingham, AL, November 10, 2018
“The Oak of Jerusalem: Flight, Refuge and Reconnaissance in the Great Dismal Swamp Region” William and Mary Quarterly-University of California-Irvine Digital Research in Early America Workshop, October 11, 2018
“The Co-Articulation of Sound, Moving Images, and Archival Materials” in panel titled Cartographies of Sound and Vision, 2nd annual Moore Institute Digital Cultures Initiative Conference, Galway, Ireland, April 20, 2018
“Forms of Freedom—Tracing the Political Costs of Freedom-Making in Bondage” Organization of American Historians, Sacramento Convention Center, April 13, 2018
“Deep Mapping the Enslaved Runaways of Eastern North Carolina” Digital Humanities 2017, Montreal, Canada, August 10, 2017
“Such Was My Horror of Slavery: Dread, Flight, and the Quest for Livity in the Great Dismal Swamp” Shifting the Geography of Reason XIV: Theorizing Livity, Decolonizing Freedom Caribbean Philosophical Association, New York City, June 22, 2017
“Our Fervent Love for Those Still With Us: Exploring the Dimensions of Enslaved Family Networks” 30th Biannual Symposium on African American Culture and Philosophy– Purdue University, Indiana, December 2, 2016
“A Persistent Denial: On Archival Erasure and Network Analysis Interventions” in “Afro-Digital Connections: Afro-Latina and Afrodescendent Cultural Production in the Digital Age,” Eduard Arriaga and Andrés Villar, eds; forthcoming book with University of Florida Press
Book Review, Slave No More: Self-Liberation before Abolitionism in the Americas. by Aline Helg. Translated from French by Lara Vernaud. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2019. Florida Historical Quarterly (forthcoming issue).
Adjunct Instructor, Survey of the History of the United States to 1877, General Education Course, Department of History, Missouri State University, Spring/Fall 2014 and 2015.
This course covers the formation of the United States and its civilization from the Age of Discovery through the Reconstruction Era, with emphasis on the influence of the Frontier and the Native American, European and African heritages; the constitutional development of the federal government; the evolution of the nation’s economic system, social fabric and diplomatic experiences.
2019 ESRI Federal GIS Conference|Student Assistantship, Washington, DC
2018-19 Regents Graduate Fellowship, University of Nebraska Lincoln
2017 Humanities Without Walls National Predoctoral Fellowship- Humanities Without Walls Consortium, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
2017 American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship
2017 Digital Library Federation Fellowship
August Edgren Graduate Fellowship- University of Nebraska Lincoln
2016 Center for Digital Research in the Humanities-UNL- Digital Scholarship Incubator Fellow
Public History Experience
Great Plains United Methodist Conference Historical Center- Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
Director of Archives– 9/2016-June 2019 ****resigned in protest as a result of the denial of civil rights to the LGBTQ community as demonstrated in “THE TRADITIONAL PLAN”
Guide the development of the institution’s archives and records management programs
National Park Service- Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, Nebraska
Park Guide 8/2015-11/30/2015
Visitor Services, grant writing, program implementation, event planning.
National Park Service– Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Nome, Alaska
Park Ranger 5/2014 – 8/2014
Duties included researching, developing, and presenting original interpretive programs to help visitors form emotional and intellectual connections to park resources.
National Park Service– George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond, MO
Park Ranger 6/2011 – 6/2012
Develop cultural and historical programming drawing on specified interpretive themes to enliven the visitor experience and teach the public about the life of George Washington Carver.
- People Not Property Slavery Deeds Working Group – Member, 2016-present
- UNL Nineteenth Century Studies Steering Committee Graduate Student Representative, Spring 2018- present
- Homecoming Network Historian: The Homecoming Network was established by Eric Anthony Sheppard, a heritage curator in Hampton Roads, VA. This is an initiative that educates the public about efforts to honor the legacy of enslaved ancestors, anti-slavery freedom fighters and restore relationships within the African descendant diaspora.
- UNL Graduate Student Association – History Department Representative, 2015-2016
- UNL Graduate Student Association – Diversity Committee Co-chair,2016-2017