Recent Commons Activity


As head of digital initiatives at the MLA, I project manage Humanities Commons, MLA Commons, and CORE. I am a firm believer in expanding the scope of what we understand to be scholarship to include all sorts of scholarly labor, and am particularly interested in how the various aspects of “open”–open-access publishing models, open educational resources, and open peer review–might play a role in the creation of a more equitable academy. I am co-PI on the Mellon-funded HumetricsHSS initiative, an investigation into the viability of a values-based framework for indicating excellence, and a founding editor of The Idealis, an overlay journal promoting the best in open-access scholarly communication. I also serve on the digital publishing committee of the Association of University Presses, the editorial board of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communicationand various Force11 committees.


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

Presentation: “”Changing Assessment Culture in the Humanities and Social Sciences: the HuMetricsHSS initiative.” FORCE2017. Berlin, Germany. Oct 25–27, 2017. Presentation: “Building It Better Together: Columbia University Libraries, the Modern Language Association–and you?” FORCE2017. Berlin, Germany. Oct 25–27, 2017. Roundtable (presiding): “Open Humanities 101.” 2018 MLA Convention. New York, NY. January 2018.


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