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- M.A in History with Public History concentration
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Master’s Thesis: “Sympathy and Science: Social Settlements and Museums Forging the Future through a Usable Past.”
Awards: Scholarship for two years Master’s study, 2016 – 2018.
- B.A. in History with Honors, German minor
Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
Senior Thesis: “Out with the Old, In with the Aufarbeitung: The East German Revolution of 1989/90 and the Fight for Access to the Stasi Files.”
Awards: Second Prize in the Applestein-Sweren Book Collecting Contest, 2012; Margaret Mary Allgeier Memorial merit scholarship, 2011 – 2014.
- Antioch University Study Abroad Program: Intensive language and cultural immersion
Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany
Awards: The Josephine Levy Kohn '36 Fund for Study Abroad scholarship, 2013.
- A.A. in Liberal Arts, magna cum laude
Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA
July 2018 – Present
Digital Projects Specialist at the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA.
January – May 2019
Adjunct Professor in the Temple University Department of History, Philadelphia, PA.
Created and maintained course syllabus for a cross-listed undergraduate/graduate level Digital History course in Spring 2019. Planned lectures, assignments, and skill-building units for integration with course curriculum. Guided students through in-class technical tutorials to develop proficiency with digital tools. Provided project planning assistance, technical support, and supplemental teaching resources to students to ensure achievement of course goals.
August 2017 – July 2018
Digital Projects Assistant at the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA.
Digitized manuscript items from the collections of The American Philosophical Society Library and The Carpenters’ Company of Philadelphia. Treated images, append DACS metadata, and upload them to the APS Islandora Digital Library repository. Transcribed handwritten notations in a CSV format for use as open collection data. Created data visualizations to encourage usage and demonstrate scholarly value of data.
June – August 2017
Martin L. Levitt Fellow at the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA.
Digitized manuscript Post Office Ledger Book created by Benjamin Franklin during his tenure as postmaster of colonial Philadelphia (1748-1752). Treated images and added them to the APS Islandora Digital Library repository. Transcribed handwritten notations in a CSV format for use as open collection data. Researched biographical and contextual information about colonial Philadelphia and the early post office. Created data visualizations to encourage usage and demonstrate scholarly value of data.
January – May 2017
Membership Coordinator at The Decorative Arts Trust, Media, PA.
Maintained member and financial database systems. Track and facilitate individual and directed charitable contributions. Assisted in the planning, promotion, and execution of member events such as symposia, behind-the-scenes tours, donor receptions, and study trips. Generated donor solicitation and acknowledgment letters. Managed quarterly direct mail campaigns to promote steady growth of organizational memberships. Designed and deployed custom web scripts to automate event registration data entry.
February – August 2016
Digital Archive Project Archivist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD.
Inventoried, arranged, and described 3500 historical documents related to the Hubble Space Telescope and its science operations center, the Space Telescope Science Institute. Digitized, created metadata, and performed optical character recognition on documents to facilitate access. Built, organized, and maintained document databases and online Omeka repository. Contributed to planning and development of cross-departmental institution website archiving initiative. Created Unix shell script computer programs to automate document metadata creation and extraction.
January – April 2016
Photograph Archive and Digitization Intern at Preservation Maryland, Baltimore, MD.
Inventoried, arranged, and described collection of 3200 photographs. Digitized photographs, added metadata, and uploaded to organizational Flickr and CONTENTdm instances. Researched and identified photographs of unknown historic properties and locations within Maryland. Assisted in preparation and execution of annual Preservation Advocacy Day.
November 2014 - August 2015
Special Collections and Archives Technician at Towson University Albert S. Cook Library, Towson, MD.
Researched Baltimore Hebrew Institute Rare Books and Judaica Collection. Promoted the collection to the public using Instagram and interactive “White Gloves Sessions.” Composed collections guide. Inventoried and maintained catalog records for approximately 900 rare book, manuscript, and serial titles. Researched and answered faculty and researcher inquiries. Inventoried, accessioned, arranged, and described BHI institutional records held in Towson SC&A.
June - November 2014
Appraisal and Outreach Intern at the Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD.
Digitized 47 birth record index books to enable greater public accessibility public via the MSA website. Promoted projects and events using Facebook and Twitter. Provided logistical support for an archival facility inventory consolidation. Developed and executed time-sensitive plan for inventory, relocation, and record maintenance of several hundred plat maps.
- National Archives Wiki Scholars
Wiki Education & National Archives and Records Administration
Twelve week course centered on the development of high-quality Wikipedia articles relating to the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.
Linked Data for the Humanities
Digital Resources and Methods (DReAM Lab), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Intensive week-long course covering applications of linked data principles within humanities scholarship and information science.
Advocacy by Design
Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Intensive week-long course in critical digital engagement and pedagogy, emphasizing incorporation of community-centered, advocacy-focused methodology and praxis in digital humanities work.
Chicago Summer School
Victorian Society in America, Chicago, IL
Intensive summer program focusing on site-specific architecture, arts, historic preservation, and social history of Chicago's Gilded Age buildings and landscapes.
Panelist, "The Gilded Age and Progressive Era: Lightning Round on Emerging Scholarship in the Field," Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting (session solicited by the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era). Philadelphia, PA: April 2019.
Panelist, "Radical Activists, Faith Communities, Settlement Houses, and More: The Many Roots of Public History and Why They Matter for the Future of the Field," National Council on Public History Annual Meeting. Hartford, CT: March 2019.
Panel Facilitator, "Home Repair: Maintaining Structures and Relationships at Historic House Museums," National Council on Public History Annual Meeting. Hartford, CT: March 2019.
Presenter, "Analyze This: Open Historic Data in Special Collections," Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference Semi-Annual Meeting. Wilmington, DE: October 2018.
Panelist, "Digital History in Public and Academic Contexts," 23rd Annual James A. Barnes Graduate Student Conference. Philadelphia, PA: March 2018.
Panelist, "The Importance of Being Digital: How Can Graduate Students Help Build Digital Bridges?" 22nd Annual James A. Barnes Graduate Student Conference. Philadelphia, PA: March 2017.
Session Organizer, “The Gilded Age and Progressive Era: Lightning Round on Emerging Scholarship in the Field,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting (session solicited by the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era). Philadelphia, PA: April 2019.
Conference Organizer, “’This is Why We Fight’: Public History for the Public Good,” Temple University Center for Public History, 7th Annual Public History Community Forum (PubComm). Philadelphia, PA, March 2017.
Digital Media Chair and M.A. Student Representative, The James A. Barnes Club, Temple University History Department. 2017 – 2018.
Social Media Management Team, History Relevance Campaign. 2016 – 2017.
Volunteer Museum Ambassador and Visitor Services Desk Assistant, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC. 2015 – 2017.
National History Day Judge, National History Day, College Park, MD. 2016 – Present.
Maryland History Day Judge, Maryland Humanities Council, Baltimore, MD. 2015 – 2016.
Volunteer Artifact Cataloger, Herring Run Park Archaeology Project, Natural History Society of Maryland, Baltimore, MD. 2015.
Family History Festival Volunteer, Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD. 2014 and 2015.