“Parsing Special Characters: Mary Ann Shadd and the Limits of Search Algorithms.” Infrastructures of African American Print. Ed. Jonathan Senchyne and Brigitte Fielder. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2019.

“Convention Minutes and Unconventional Proceedings.” Common-Place 16.1 (2015). Common-Place, American Antiquarian Society and the University of Connecticut.

“Year in Conferences, 2014: Report on the C19 Convention.” Co-authored with David K. Lawrimore, Jenny LeRoy, Fiona McWilliams, Samantha Sommers. ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance. 61.1 (2015): 114-211.


The Invention of Editors: Craft, Collaboration, and American Literature, 1827-1872. (in preparation)

The Colored Conventions in the Nineteenth Century and the Digital Age. (under review)

Co-editor, with P. Gabrielle Foreman and Sarah Patterson, with 16 contributors.
Co-author, introductionApproaches and Afterlives of the Colored Conventions, Or, How to Use This Book and Its Digital Companions.”
Author, chapter essay “Social Networks of the Colored Conventions, 1830-1864.”


“Colored Conventions.” Frederick Douglass in Context. Ed. Michael Roy. Cambridge University Press (under contract).

“With, Without, Even Still: L’Union and the Possibility of Editorship Studies,” with Sarah Salter.

Forum on “Locating Editors in Multi-Ethnic Archives.”

Forum on “Insecurity, Multiplicity: Craft and Multi-Ethnic Print.”


Editing Forms: The Emergence of Editorship in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Periodicals (2017)

Digital companion: ENAP | Editorial Networks of the Antebellum African American Press


Early and nineteenth-century US literature, African American studies, periodicals, print culture, history of printing

Digital humanities, public humanities, crowdsourcing, social network analysis, data visualization, digital storytelling,


See: Public + Digital Humanities. 


“Black Collectives, Black Data, and Public Imperatives,” NU Lab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.”

“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.


NEH Summer Institute, “City of Print: New York & the Periodical Press,” 2015.
American Antiquarian Society, Stephen Botein Fellow, 2015.
American Antiquarian Society, Isaiah Thomas Stipend, Digital Antiquarian Seminar, 2015.
University of Delaware, Summer Research Fellowships, 2013-2016.


“Editorship as Collaboration: Patterns of Practice in Multi-Ethnic Periodicals,” April 2018 at the American Antiquarian Society, with Sarah Salter (Texas A&M, Corpus Christi).

This symposium considered how editorship has shaped literary history across boundaries of race, ethnicity, and language. A featured poster session involved digitizing a number of rare periodicals for open research and teaching uses. Keynote speakers Frances Smith Foster, Kirsten Silva Gruesz, and Bénédicte Deschamps. Supported by funding from the Research Society of American Periodicals, the Princeton Center for Digital Humanities, and the Isaiah Thomas Society of the AAS.

“Colored Conventions in the Nineteenth Century and the Digital Age,” at the Delaware Historical Society and University of Delaware, with P. Gabrielle Foreman and Sarah Patterson.

The first-ever symposium on the Colored Conventions, supported by a grants from the Delaware Humanities Forum and the UD College of Arts & Sciences. Brought nationally-recognized scholars from English, religion, history and anthropology—along with community partners—for two-day symposium at UD and the Delaware Historical Society.


Co-Organizer, “Periodicals, Editorship, Race and Ethnicity,” Special Session at MLA Annual Convention, Philadelphia, 2017 – (View CFP).

Roundtable, “Insecure Periodicals,” MLA Convention, New York.


2018, “L’Union and The Union: Locating the Black Press in New Orleans,” SHA Convention, Birmingham, AL.

2018, Roundtable, “From Black Organizing Legacies to Black Liberatory Futures,” University of Maryland, African American Digital Humanities Conference – “Intentionally Digital, Intentionally Black.”

2018, Roundtable, “Insecure Periodicals,” MLA Convention, New York.

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

2017, “Scattered Issues: Towards a Networked Approach to Antebellum Black Periodicals,” BH and DH: Book History and Digital Humanities, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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

2017, “Collective Histories and Communities of Knowledge: Transcribe Minutes and the Colored Conventions,” Symposium on Creating Historical Knowledge Socially: New Approaches, Opportunities and Epistemological Implications of Undertaking Research with Citizen Scholars.” German Historical Institute, Washington, DC.

2017, “Editorial Brokerage in the Aliened American (1853),” MLA Convention.

2017, “Erasures, Craft and Complexity in the Minutes of the Colored Conventions,” MLA Convention.

2016, “Deeply Uneven, Uniformly Brief: Antebellum Black Periodicals in Archives, Databases, and Bibliographies.” ALA, San Francisco.

2016, “The Unsettling Errors of the Lightning Press.” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Penn State University.

2016, “’To Organize Editorial Forces: The New York Tribune Association and the Division of Editorship, 1850-1860.” Joint Journalism & Communication History Conference, NYU.

2015, “The Three Degrees of Separation in the Colored Conventions Movement.” Colored Conventions in the Nineteenth-Century and the Digital Age, University of Delaware.

2014, “Parsing the Special Characters of African-American Print Culture.” African-American Expression in Print and Digital Culture, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

2014, “Mapping the Editorial Networks of Mary Ann Shadd Cary’s The Provincial Freeman” American Literature Association, Washington, D.C.

2013, “A Condensed Review: Setting Databases within a Longer Print Culture History.” Assoc. Canadian College & University Teachers of English, Univ. Victoria, BC.


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