Digital Scholarship

I’m always more than happy to consult, conspire, or collaborate on projects. The best way to find me is on Twitter @jimccasey1.



The Colored Conventions Project, co-founder, 2012-present.

Awards & Coverage (click to expand)


2017 American Studies Association Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities

2016-2017 NEH Office of Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant Award (Level II)

2015 MLA Prize for a Bibliography, Archive, or Digital Project

2016, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Award for Best Electronic Reference


Bond, Sarah. “How Is Digital Mapping Changing The Way We Visualize Racism and Segregation?” Forbes. Aug. 4, 2016.

Kahn, Eve. “Colored Conventions, a Rallying Point for Black Americans Before the Civil War.” New York Times. Oct. 20, 2017.

Onion, Rebecca. “Five More Digital History Projects We Loved in 2015.” Slate Magazine. Dec. 21, 2015.

Hoffman, Anne and Karl Malgiero. “History Matters: Colored Conventions.” History Matters. Delaware Public Media, 1 May 2015. Web.

Coard, Michael. “Resurrect Philly’s 1830 Black economic, educational activism.” The Philadelphia Tribune. Sept. 17, 2016.

Bies, Jessica. “UD group celebrates Frederick Douglass’ birthday.” The News Journal (DE), page 18. February 15, 2017.

Hong, Albert. “University of Delaware’s Colored Conventions Project wins an MLA award.” Delaware. Dec. 13, 2016.

Eric Ruth, Jim Casey, and P. Gabrielle Foreman. “Black Voices Arise from the Past.” University of Delaware Messenger, Vol. 24, No. 3. 1820.

Mentions in Academic Journals:

Fagan, Benjamin. “Chronicling White America.” American Periodicals: A Journal of History & Criticism 26, no. 1 (2016): 10–13.

Spires, Derrick R. “The Captive Stage: Performance and the Proslavery Imagination of the Antebellum North by Douglas A. Jones (review).” Early American Literature 51, no. 1 (2016): 200–205.

Eric Gardner. and Joycelyn Moody. “Introduction: Black Periodical Studies.” American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, and Bibliography 25.2 (2015): 105-111. Project MUSE. Web.

Joycelyn Moody. and Howard Rambsy II. “Guest Editors’ Introduction: African American Print Cultures.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. 40.3 (2015): 1-11. Project MUSE. Web.

Roundtable: The Colored Conventions Project, Common-Place: The Journal of early American Life. Fall 2015.

Blogs & Other Coverage:

McGrath, James. “Put It In (Digital) Writing: Transcribing The Amazing Jobs of Frederick Douglass with The Colored Conventions Project.” Blog of the Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University. February 22, 2017.

Rosinbum, John. “Uncovering Activism and Engaging Students: The Colored Conventions Project.” AHA Today: A Blog of the American Historical Association. Dec. 12, 2016.

Ashenfelder, Mike. “Cultural Institutions Embrace Crowdsourcing.” The Signal: Digital Preservation. Library of Congress, 16 Sept. 2015. Web.

Singh, Amardeep. “The Archive Gap: Race, the Canon, and the Digital Humanities.” Amardeep Singh, <> 14 Sept. 2015. Web.

Fox, James. “Black Originalism Part 3: The Syracuse Convention of 1864.” The Faculty Lounge. Publisher, 21 March 2015. Web.

Parasnis-Samar, Anjali. “Crowd-Sourced Project: 19th-Century ‘Colored Conventions.” Information Space. School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, 19 Feb 2015. Web.

Fagan, Ben. “Colored Conventions and the Early Black Press.” Black Press Research Collective. Black Press Research Collective, 31 January 2015. Web.

Gates, Henry Louis Jr. and Lindsay Fulton. “I’m Black, but I Want to Join the DAR. Help!” The Root, 7 March 2014. Web.

Digital Poster Session + Symposium Organizer. “Editorship as Collaboration: Patterns of Practice in Multi-Ethnic Periodicals.” American Antiquarian Society, April 27-28, 2018.

A Committee of the Whole: Networks of the Early Black Republic of Letters. (in development)

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon on Women and People of Color, Organizer, April 2014

Earned the “The Wikimedia DC Outstanding New Event Award”

ENAP | Editorial Networks of the Antebellum African American Press, 2015-present.

Diet Digital Humanities Reading Group, Organizer 2015-2016.

I was interviewed about using ESRI’s fantastic StoryMaps in the classroom.



“To Organize, Organize, ORGANIZE: the Colored Conventions, Then and Now,” Digital Dialogues, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), University of Maryland, 2016. Video.

“Restoring the Social Justice Narrative to the Colored Conventions Movement,” Speaker, NEH ODH Summer Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities: “Space and Place in Africana/Black Studies,” Purdue University, 2016.



“Spaces and Stories in the Black Public Humanities,” Humanities Learning and Teaching (HILT), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. June 4-8, 2018. Course page.

“Recounting Evidence in African American Digital Studies,” hosted by Studio@Butler, Columbia University. January 6, 2018. With Trevor Muñoz, Katie Rawson, Caitlin Pollock and Sarah Patterson.

“An Intro to Digital Humanities,” Humanities New York – Public Humanities Fellow Program, Dec. 13, 2017.

“Developing Public Digital Projects with Omeka,” Loyola University, Baltimore, MD. August 3-4, 2017.

“Black Publics in the Humanities: Critical and Collaborative DH Projects,” Humanities Learning and Teaching (HILT), Austin, TX. June 5-9, 2017. Course Materials Page.



Roundtable, “Digital Humanities & Activism,” MLA Convention, New York. 2018.

Roundtable, “Southeastern Academic Community for the Digital Humanities,” HASTAC, University of Central Florida, Orlando. 2017.

Paper co-authored by Jim Casey, Elizabeth Hopwood, Denise Burgher, Kelly Schmidt, Kate Johnson, Marie Pellissier. “Collective Histories and Communities of Knowledge: Transcribe Minutes and the Colored Convntions,” Symposium on Creating Historical Knowledge Socially: New Approaches, Opportunities and Epistemological Implications of Undertaking Research with Citizen Scholars.” German Historical Institute, Washington, DC. 2017.

Roundtable, “Recovery Work: Digital Approaches to the Archive,” MLA Convention, Philadelphia, 2017.

Workshop Participant, Humanities Data Visualization, workshop, Georgia Tech, March 2016.

Tuition Scholarship, “Network Analysis and Visualization.” Humanities Intensive Learning and Training, MITH, University of Maryland, Summer, 2014.

Tuition Scholarship, “Digital Humanities Databases.” Digital Humanities Summer Institute, June 2013.

Guest Editor, Digital Humanities Now, January 2013 and January 2014.

Fellow, Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) 2012-13.



“Problem Based Learning and Digital Mapping.” Winter Faculty Institute. 2015.

“Digital Humanities and Library Partnerships,” Library Staff Association. 2014.

“Online Curriculum & Digital History,” Interdisciplinary Sciences & Engineering Lab Series. 2014.



Omeka, Neatline, Scripto, MediaWiki, Gephi, OpenRefine, WordPress, StoryMaps, enough basic Javascript for Leaflet and D3.