ABOUT: I received my Ph.D. in Historical and Comparative Linguistics from the University of Georgia and until 2015 (when I stepped down to follow my husband to the west coast) was a tenured Associate Professor of Linguistics at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

My dissertation  culminated in a Fulbright fellowship at Stofnun Árna Magnússonar in Reykjavík, Iceland, where I researched and edited Icelandic saga manuscripts. I 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 have shaped virtually every aspect of my work.

My recent research and teaching areas include historical linguistics, language and technology, digital editing and publishing, and participatory learning models. I founded and directed the Martha Berry Digital Archive (MBDA) and Crowd-Ed, a participatory editing tool which enables students and the larger, extra-academic community — who have much to offer the scholarly community — to participate in documentary editing.

My research and teaching work within digital humanities (DH) began formally when I attended the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in 2007 (text encoding) and again in 2008 (text analysis). DH has figured prominently in all aspects of my work, and between 2007 and 2015, I presented at and/or peer reviewed annually for the international Digital Humanities Conference.

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES: I served as principal website and publication researcher, designer, and developer of a Drupal publishing platform which supports TEI XML and as a peer reviewer for numerous conferences, journals, books, and grants (e.g. Digital Humanities, JoWR, Journal of the Text Encoding InitiativeNational Endowment for the Humanities, PASSHE).

I’ve 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, I designed and developed the TEIViewer project and successfully implemented the TEIViewer for use with a digital manuscript edition. I was also a member of the Editorial Board for LSA’s journal Teaching Linguistics.

PUBLICATIONS: My research and writing have appeared in publications such as:

  • Literary and Linguistic Computing
  • Journal of Victorian Culture
  • Literary Mama
  • Inside Higher Education
  • A PAO Story
  • Metaphilology
  • The Teaching Professor
  • Variants
  • Archive Journal

FICTION: I’m currently at work on my debut novel. Toward this end, I’m an active member of WFWA, where I serve as a reader for writing awards, as a (new) editorial team member for the weekly newsletter, and as a member of an exceptional critique group. I also participate in the Tacoma Writers Group and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.

Learning Community: I founded Bloomsburg University’s Fine Arts and Humanities (FAH) Living Learning Community (LLC) and served as director from 2007-2012. The program enriched students’ academic experiences by cultivating interdisciplinary connections and experiential learning opportunities.