Digital History

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

In Spring 2019, I’ll be a postgraduate research associate with Princeton’s Center for Digital Humanities. During my time there, I’ll use archival U.S. Customs data and historical timetables to map maritime trade networks in the Pacific Northwest and northern Pacific Ocean. Doing so will let us see how early American settlers imagined commercial connections across geographic space and how they understood their port cities in relation to regional and global places. Datasets related to this project will be available in my GitHub repositories in early 2019.

As part of my dissertation research, I’ve used GIS to map historical maritime trade networks in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve also created several 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.