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Currently I am a Digital Humanities Research Software Engineer at the British Library and The Alan Turing Institute on the Living with Machines research project, which combines large-scale digitized historical collections with data science and computational methods.

I am a performance scholar and historian by training, holding a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance from The Graduate Center, CUNY. My dissertation project analyzed itinerant drag performers around New York and along the Eastern Seaboard in the 1930s as part of a collective art form that brought queerness with them to towns and cities around the area. It was awarded a Connect New York grant for its innovative use of digital methods in Theatre and Performance.

In my latest position, I was responsible for building nation-wide infrastructure and community for digital humanities across several higher education institutions across the U.S. My conference participation has been centered around topics such as the Digital Humanities, the Public Humanities, and on how to leverage digital technology for effective pedagogy.

I have written on topics ranging from queer indie wrestlers, boylesque and male-identified strippers in neo-burlesque, and the influence of RuPaul’s Drag Race on the livelihood and aesthetics of contemporary New York City drag queens. You can also find me on the Steering Committee of HASTAC, the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory.

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  1. A python script to traverse through HTML files with ProQuest results to generate an easily navigable CSV file (and Pandas DataFrame).

    Python 1

  2. Remember and how it used to work? This is a simple Python port of the website.


  3. CleanText Public

    CleanText is a Python package that I use in my research projects to clean social media captions but will likely be useful to others beyond that scope, so I wanted to make it available here as well.

    Python 2

  4. django-app Public

    Forked from DHRI-Curriculum/django-app


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September 2022

Created 1 repository
34 contributions in private repositories Sep 5 – Sep 22

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