I’ve moved on from humanities and academia, but leaving up for posterity.

My background is interdisciplinary, and I formerly combined my expertise in book history, fluency in Japanese, and background in information science in a career as a librarian (primarily at the Penn Libraries, working with the Japanese and Korean collections).

During my past librarian life, I taught the seminar East Asian Digital Humanities (EALC111/511) (living work-in-progress syllabus PDF at my website) at Penn in Spring 2018. (Please feel free to reuse my related documents because I don’t plan on offering the course again, and there is certainly a need and interest on the part of students!) In 2014, I also co-founded WORD LAB, a library-based text analysis learning community, and served as an organizer for over five years.

In a really ironic move, I co-founded and organized DH Japan which finally got off the ground and picked up a bit of momentum just as I changed careers and left both DH and Japanese studies professionally. It lives on though, at dhjapan.org, through my founding colleagues’ intrepid work.


PhD, MA Asian Languages & Cultures (University of Michigan)

MSI, Library & Information Science (University of Michigan)

BA, History with Honors (University of Pittsburgh)

BS, Computer Science (University of Pittsburgh)


Co-founder and organizer (2014-2020), WORD LAB text analysis learning community

Co-founder and organizer (2019-present), DH Japan

Molly Des Jardin

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