My research projects at the University of Washington focus on the disciplinary history of Egyptology in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I work with undergraduate and graduate students to transcribe and encode archival material from this period with the goal of making our work openly available online. My teaching provides students with a grounding in the broad history of the period, while focusing on the ‘micro-histories’ that create meaning and connection with our past. We explore individual experiences through personal archival records, newspapers, and published memoirs, using digital tools to ask questions of this data to create interactive narratives, timelines, maps and databases.
This talk provides a few details of my ongoing research and work with students:
My digital scholarship skills and interests include:
- DH project management: short- and long-term planning, implementation, communication
- Data curation, repositories, risk assessment and long-term sustainability
- Text encoding (TEI/XML)
- DH pedagogy
- Geocoding and mapping
- Sentiment analysis and named entity recognition
- Newbook Digital Texts
- The Baki Project
- Open Ottoman
- University of Washington Special Collections Historical Menus Project
- Sephardic Studies Digital Library Collection
The diaries of Mrs. Emma Buttles Andrews (1837-1922) are an important resource for the history of archaeology in Egypt at the turn-of-the-century. Mrs. Andrews traveled with Theodore M. Davis between 1889 and 1913 and during this time witnessed the excavation of a number of significant tombs. The couple purchased an extensive collection of antiquities, many of which are now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Their boat, the dahabeah ‘Bedouin’ was a hub of social activity, and their guest list could be described as a ‘Who’s Who’ of society during this period.
- University of Washington undergraduate internship in digital humanities, including project management, text encoding (XML/TEI), digital editions, historical research, and social media. Established in 2012, the program has partnered with the Svoboda Diaries Project in offering opportunities to over 200 students from 40 departments across campus.
- Student research is been presented annually at the UW’s Undergraduate Research Symposium.
- I received a 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award from the University of Washington for my work with student interns.
- Umbrella project to house collected research outputs for the EBA Diary Project, Helen Winlock, Nile Travelogues database, Thomas Cook Passenger Lists database, TEI Publisher digital edition
- Initial release of the Nile Travelogues database comprises a listing of 400 published travelogues, searchable by title, author and decade. Many are viewable via our embedded IIIF viewer which displays open access publications from the Internet Archive (example).