Recent Commons Activity


As head of digital initiatives at the MLA, I project manage Humanities Commons, MLA Commons, and CORE. I am particularly interested in open-access publishing models, open educational resources, and open peer review; expanding the definition and recognition of “scholarship” beyond the article and monograph; and rethinking the values we reward and promote in higher education. Side projects include HumetricsHSS, an investigation into the viability of a values-based framework for indicating excellence, and The Idealis, an overlay journal promoting the best in open-access scholarly communication. I also serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.


PhD, French literature, New York University MFA, literary translation, University of Iowa BA, English literature and French literature, University of Glasgow


Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Panel: “Impactful Partnerships: Navigating the Evolving Scholarly Communication Landscape with Faculty.” ALA Annual. June 25, 2017. Chicago, IL. Course (teaching): “Open Humanities 101.” Force11 Scholarly Communications Institute. July 31–Aug 4. La Jolla, CA. Presentation: “OER in the DR: The Disciplinary Repository as a Tool for Open Education.” OpenEd17. Oct 10–13, 2017. Anaheim, CA. Presentation: “Building an Open Commons for the Humanities.” 2017 National Humanities Conference. Boston, MA. Nov 2–5, 2017. Roundtable (presiding): “Open Humanities 101.” 2018 MLA Convention. New York, NY. January 2018.


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