“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.

Current Book Projects

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.
Lead author, introduction: “Approaches 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.”

Work in Progress

“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, with distinction) — Advisor: John Ernest.

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

Research Interests

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, data curation, digital storytelling, digital cultural studies. 

Digital Scholarship

See: Public + Digital Humanities. 

Invited Talks, Workshops, and Courses


“Frederick Douglass, New Orleans, and the Possibility of Editorship Studies,” talk at Department of English, Princeton University.

“Frederick Douglass & ‘the Ladies of Harrisburg,'” talk plus workshop at Lehigh University.


“Spaces and Stories in the Black Public Humanities,” course for Humanities Learning and Teaching (HILT) at University of Pennsylvania, June 4–8, 2018.

“Black Data, Black Collectives, and Public Imperatives,” talk plus workshop for NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks at Northeastern University.

“Recounting Data in African American Digital Studies,” workshop co-run with Trevor Muñoz, Katie Rawson, Caitlin Pollock and Sarah Patterson, hosted by the Studio@Butler, Columbia University.


“An Intro to Digital Humanities,” workshop for Public Humanities Fellow Program Orientation, Humanities New York. 2017 “Public Digital Projects with Omeka,” workshop at Loyola University of Maryland, Aug 3-4, 2017.

“Black Publics in the Humanities: Critical and Collaborative DH Projects,” course for Humanities Learning and Teaching (HILT) at University of Texas, Austin, June 5-9, 2017.


“To Organize, Organize, ORGANIZE: the Colored Conventions, Then and Now,” talk at Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, University of Maryland. 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.


Princeton University, Center for Digital Humanities, Perkins Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017-present. 

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.

Conferences Organized

“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,” April 2015, 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.

Panels Organized

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

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

Conference Presentations

Roundtable, “From Black Organizing Legacies to Black Liberatory Futures,” AADHUM, “Intentionally Digital, Intentionally Black.” University of Maryland, 2018. 

“Collective Movements for Black History,” Gilder Lerhman Center, “The Study of Slavery and Abolition in the Digital Age,” Yale University, 2018. 

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

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

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

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

“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.

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

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

“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.  

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

“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” ALA, Washington, D.C., 2014.

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

Technical Competencies

Omeka, Neatline, Scripto, MediaWiki, Gephi, OpenRefine, WordPress, StoryMaps. Varying levels: Carto, Leaflet.