Digital History

Along with traditional archival research, I use digital humanities tools to unlock the stories in non-narrative sources.

As a postgraduate research associate with Princeton’s Center for Digital Humanities, I’m the primary investigator for They Came on Waves of Ink: Northwest Maritime Trade at the Dawn of American Settlement, 1851–61. This project transcribed a handwritten ledger of U.S. Customs data covering the Puget Sound Customs District’s first decade. I’m using maps and data visualizations to explore the stories contained within. More information is available on the project page. Datasets related to this project are available in my GitHub repository.

I’m currently a member of the editorial board for On the Nines, a digital history project focused on events that happened in years ending in ‘9,’ hosted by U.S. History Scene.

As part of my dissertation research, I used GIS to map historical maritime trade networks in the Pacific Northwest. I also created several original datasets. One dataset, drawn from U.S. Census occupational data, shows how Washington Territory had higher per capita employment in maritime industries, like boatbuilding or fishing, than Oregon or California. Another dataset, built from City of Seattle and Port of Seattle archival documents, provides a detailed view of Seattle’s maritime commercial connections in the early twentieth century. Please contact me to access these datasets.