About

I am a historian focusing on the Early American Republic (1780-1830), the long eighteenth century in the British Atlantic, material culture, and families as networks. I received my PhD in 2022 from George Mason University. My dissertation examined the intersection of family strategies and the formation of national identity for Americans abroad in the post revolutionary period, using the Maury family of Virginia and Liverpool as a case study.

I am a practicing digital public historian. Through my position as a Digital History Associate at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, I have contributed to content-focused projects such as the award-winning Histories of the National Mall, the Papers of the War Department digital collection & community transcription project, and the podcast Consolation Prize. I have developed and conducted training workshops for students, scholars, and creators at various skill levels, for digital humanities tools including Omeka and Tropy. I am currently working on the tool DataScribe and the projects Death by Numbers and Hearing the Americas.

I am committed to accessibility above and beyond the baseline of legal requirements. I am inspired by Roy Rosenzweig’s wish to “democratize the study of the past”.

https://glammr.us/@mebrett

Education

PhD, History, George Mason University, Fairfax VA

MSc, Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh

BA, History, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie NY

Publications

With Mills Kelly and Jessica Otis. “Reframing the Conversation: Digital Humanities, Disabilities, and Accessibility.” In Debates in the Digital Humanities 2023, edited by Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein. Minneapolis; London: University of Minnesota Press, 2023. (forthcoming)

“An Impressive Consul in Liverpool,” September 22, 2020, in Consolation Prize, produced by Abigail Mullen, podcast, 28:38, https://consolationprize.rrchnm.org/2020/09/22/episode-2-an-impressive-consul-in-liverpool/

With Miriam Posner. “Creating an Omeka Exhibit.” The Programming Historian. February 24, 2016. Last modified May 25, 2017. https://programminghistorian.org/lessons/creating-an-omeka-exhibit.

 

“Topic Modeling: A Basic Introduction.” Journal of Digital Humanities 2:1 (Winter 2012)

 

Blog Posts

    Projects

    Project Manager (2017, 2019, 2020-present), Hearing the Americas <https://hearingtheamericas.org/&gt;. A multimedia public humanities project on the transnational origins of early recorded music in the United States.

    Project Manager (2021-present), Bills of Mortality <https://deathbynumbers.org/&gt;. A quantitative analysis of the London Bills of Mortality, transcribing and publishing the information in the bills in open-source datasets.

    Technology Lead (2020-present), History, Culture, and Access Consortium, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History & New Media for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Helping staff, students, and faculty at five HCBUs to build the skills to digitize, share, and contextualize their archival collections.

    Project Manager (2019-present), DataScribe <https://datascribe.tech/&gt;. A structured data transcription module for Omeka S.

    Project Manager (August 2020 – present), September 11 Digital Archive <https://911digitalarchive.org/&gt;. A participatory, multimedia archive collecting of items, including born-digital items, relating to the history of September 11, 2001, and its aftermath.

    Producer (August 2020- August 2022), Consolation Prize <https://consolationprize.rrchnm.org/&gt;. A podcast about the history of the United States in the world through the lens of the lives and actions of U.S. consuls.

    End-User Outreach Lead (January 2014 – February 2021), Omeka <http://omeka.org, http://omeka.net&gt;. An open-source web publishing system for cultural heritage content.

    Online Teaching Assistant and Outreach Lead (2017-2020), Creating Local Linkages: Training Public Librarians to Facilitate Doing Digital Local History <http://locallinkages.com&gt;. An online curriculum and in-person workshops to train public librarians how to create local digital history projects.

    Co-author (2017), Doing Digital Scholarship <https://labs.ssrc.org/dds&gt;. A series of introductory lessons to digital humanities scholarship for Social Science Research Council fellows.

    Project Manager (2015-2018), Omeka Everywhere <http://omeka.org/everywhere&gt;. Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media with Ideum and the University of Connecticut. A suite of tools to deliver selected content seamlessly from an Omeka installation to an in-gallery touchscreen table or tablet for visitor interaction.

    Program Associate (2014), Doing Digital History and Rebuilding the Portfolio: DH for Art Historians <http://doingdh.org/&gt;. Summer institutes for mid-career historians and art historians, and for art history graduate students, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Getty Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, George Mason University’s Department of History and Art History, and other individual colleges and universities.

    Project Manager (2012-2015), Histories of the National Mall <http://mallhistory.org&gt;. A mobile optimized website interpreting the rich past of the National Mall. Winner of the Outstanding Public History Project Award from the National Council on Public History in 2014.

    Contributor (2011-2012), Occupy Archive <https://occupyarchive.org&gt;. A project to document and preserve humanities materials relating to the Occupy Movements of 2011.

    Editor (2011-present), Papers of the War Department, 1784 to 1800 <http://wardepartmentpapers.org&gt;. An open-access digital documentary edition of papers relating to the early history of the War Department, with community-sourced transcriptions.

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