How do we make things meaningful? How do we make meaning? I engage in digital humanities work with historical data to explore these questions from the perspective of a public historian.
Contact me at cynthia.f.heider [at] gmail [dot com]
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I believe in collaboration, empathy, sincerity, and tenacity. These values inform everything I do.
I grew up in the Rust Belt, but I now live in Philadelphia. I’m a public historian by training with particular interests in urban history, the Progressive Era, and digital humanities. I am especially concerned with the structure, integrity, and ethicality of data use within the humanities.
I wrote my master’s thesis on data, discourse, and the development of community-centered museum practice and public history within the American settlement house movement. Find the open access version of "Sympathy and Science: Social Settlements and Museums Forging the Future through a Usable Past" here >>
Digital Projects Specialist
Adjunct Professor, Digital History
Data structuring & organization
Data analysis & visualization
Metadata restructuring & remediation
Metadata mapping & transformation
Web Content Creation & Promotion
Web Graphic Design & Wireframing
Web Front-End Development
Historical research, writing, and interpretation