Recent Commons Activity


As head of digital initiatives at the MLA, I project manage Humanities Commons, MLA Commons, and CORE and work to find ways that digital technologies can serve those communities of practice in the humanities. 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.


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

Workshop: “Introducing Humanities Commons.” BU Libraries. Mon, Apr. 24 at 2pm and Tues, Apr. 25 at 11am. Workshop: “Introducing Humanities Commons.” Lesley University, Boston, MA. Mon, May 15. Presentation: “Humanities Commons: Building an Open Networked Repository for Humanities Scholars.” DHSI Colloquium, Victoria, BC. June 2017. 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: “Building an Open Commons for the Humanities.” 2017 National Humanities Conference. Boston, MA. October 2017. Roundtable (presiding): “Open Humanities 101.” 2018 MLA Convention. New York, NY. January 2018.


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