I received my Ph.D. in Historical and Comparative Linguistics from the University of Georgia. Until 2015, I was a tenured Associate Professor of Linguistics at Bloomsburg University.
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 within Handritadeild at Landsbókasafn Íslands.
My recent research and teaching areas include historical linguistics, language and technology, digital editing and publishing, and participatory learning models.
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 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.
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 I was co-chair of the TEI Education SIG.
My teaching background includes university courses in:
- Introductory Linguistics
- History of the English Language
- Grammar and Syntax
- Digital Humanities
- Special Topics in Linguistics
- Study Abroad in Cameroon & Ethiopia
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.