I received my Ph.D. in Historical and Comparative Linguistics* from the University of Georgia and am an Associate Professor in the English Department at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. I’ve served as a Fulbright scholar at Stofnun Árna Magnússonar in Reykjavík, Iceland, researching and editing Icelandic saga manuscripts and have completed additional work with early modern Icelandic epistolary collections at Handritadeild housed at Landsbókasafn Íslands. Digitizing and editing primary source collections and undertaking projects which increase access to and engagement with language data and cultural heritage collections continue to shape virtually every aspect of my research and teaching agendas.
My current research and teaching areas include historical linguistics, language and technology, digital editing and publishing, and participatory learning models. I am actively directing the development of the Martha Berry Digital Archive (MBDA) and of Crowd-Ed (a participatory editing tool which enables students and members of the larger, non-academic community — who have much to offer the scholarly community — to participate in documentary editing and the development of a digital archive, tasks which would otherwise be impossible), which is being piloted with MBDA.
My research and teaching work within digital humanities (DH) began formally when I attended the wonderful Digital Humanities Summer Institute in 2007 (text encoding) and again in 2008 (text analysis), and DH continues to figure prominently in all aspects of my work.
Recent activities: I served as principal website and publication researcher, designer, and developer of a Drupal publishing platform which supports TEI XML and serve as a peer reviewer for the Digital Humanities Conference, JoWR, Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, and for the National Endowment for the Humanities. I have also served as Guest Editor (“Corpus-informed approaches to writing research”) for the Journal of Writing Research and as co-chair of the TEI Education SIG. Together with my collaborator and partner Garrick Bodine, I designed and developed the TEIViewer project and successfully implemented the TEIViewer for use with a digital manuscript edition. I am also a member of the Editorial Board for LSA’s new journal Teaching Linguistics.
FAH LLC: I am also the founding Director of the Fine Arts and Humanities (FAH) Living Learning Community (LLC), an experiential-based cultural and academic enrichment program for Bloomsburg University students. The program is coordinated by myself as well as several brilliant and amazing student mentors, and, over the past few years, we’ve traveled to museums and plays, attended concerts, invited a DH guest lecturer, arranged convivial dinner gatherings, coordinated a middle school outreach program (including pottery lessons; a photography lesson/photo-scavenger-hunt/PhotoExhibit; read-in; etc.), participated in ‘greening’ the residence halls and collected oil for the campus bio-diesel project, watched foreign films, and quite a bit more… My goal for the program: Enrich students’ academic experiences within and beyond the classroom by emphasizing interdisciplinary connections (the humanities and the sciences? absolutely.) and by carving out learning opportunities that engage students in exploring them.
*for my students: This means that I’ve spent a lot of time studying Indo-European languages including Sanskrit, Latin, Greek, and Classical Armenian, and more specifically, Germanic languages including, Old Norse/Old Icelandic, Gothic, and Old English. Historical Linguistics is interested in questions about how languages change, while Comparative Linguistics focuses on the relationships between languages.