Digital Projects

Activist Artifacts (forthcoming)

Activist Artifacts is a new digital humanities project that showcases print, visual, and material culture of nineteenth-century reform movements in America for the purposes of public awareness and higher education. Besides antislavery activism, activist efforts of the nineteenth century too often get left out of history textbooks and television specials, leaving higher-education academics to be the purveyors of valuable knowledge unused outside the academy. This exhibit tells the story of nineteenth-century resistance and reform movements through the objects they made, boycotted, bought, and used—a pin cushion, a silk handkerchief, a root beer advertisement, a newspaper. Through these and other objects, Activist Artifacts tells that story through a public online exhibit and provides lesson plans and other educational materials. Housed on a public access website, the project allows scholars, educators, students to peruse actual objects associated with major reform movements such as abolition and temperance. Arranged as discrete object exhibits, the website encourages visitors to trace the larger narrative of consumer resistance and activism over a century of reform.

Colored Conventions Project

As a co-founder and committee chair of the MLA Award-winning and NEH grant-awarded Colored Conventions Project, I created, managed, and edited exhibits while furthering scholarly understanding of the ways disenfranchised groups used print culture to perform political subjectivity, packaged in a format suited to both public and academic audiences.

Check out my exhibit, “The Fight for Black Mobility: Traveling to Mid-Century Conventions,” here!