Research

ABOUT

I received my Ph.D. in Historical and Comparative Linguistics from the University of Georgia and have spent the majority of my career as a researcher, teacher, and  linguistics professor.

Digitizing and editing primary source collections and undertaking projects which increase access to and engagement with language data and cultural heritage collections have shaped virtually every aspect of my work.

My dissertation focused on editing two Icelandic manuscript forgeries. That research was made possible by generous support from the University of Georgia, a Fulbright Fellowship to Iceland, and Stofnun Árna Magnússonar. I completed additional work with early modern Icelandic epistolary collections at Handritadeild at Landsbókasafn Íslands.

My research and writing have been recognized by a Journal of Writing Research John Hayes Award, a Dean’s Salute to Excellence, and an Institute for Culture and Society Research Award.

My recent research and teaching areas include historical linguistics, language variation and change, digital editing and publishing, and participatory learning models.

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES (select)

I’m the founding director of the Martha Berry Digital Archive (MBDA). To facilitate MBDA, I co-developed Crowd-Ed, a participatory editing tool which enables students, scholars and the larger, extra-academic community — who have much to offer the scholarly community — to participate in documentary editing.

My research and teaching within digital humanities (DH) began formally when I attended the Digital Humanities Summer Institute session on text encoding and continued with study of text analysis. DH has figured prominently in all aspects of my work, and I regularly presented at and/or peer reviewed for the international Digital Humanities Conference.

I served as principal website and publication researcher, designer, and developer of a Drupal publishing platform which supports TEI XML. Together with my collaborator and partner, I designed and developed the TEIViewer project and successfully implemented the TEIViewer for use with a digital manuscript edition.

I’ve chaired and served actively on many university-wide, departmental, and conference committees and co-chaired the TEI Education SIG.

TEACHING 

My teaching background includes university courses in:

  • Introductory Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • History of the English Language
  • Literature
  • Writing
  • Grammar and Syntax
  • Digital Humanities
  • Special Topics in Linguistics
  • Study Abroad in Cameroon & Ethiopia

LEARNING COMMUNITY

I founded the Fine Arts and Humanities (FAH) Living Learning Community (LLC) and served as director until 2012. FAH LLC enriched students’ academic experiences by cultivating interdisciplinary connections and experiential learning opportunities.