Assistant Professor of English, Arizona State University

Homer Durham Language and Literature, Tempe, AZ 85287

Phone 480-965-3168 | Fax 480-965-3451


2009            Brown University, Ph.D. in English Language and Literatures

2005            Brown University, M.A. in English Language and Literatures

2003            University of Iowa, B.A. (with honors) in English Literature

Academic Positions

2014-Present        Arizona State University, Assistant Professor of English

2010-2014             Scripps College, Assistant Professor of English

2009-2010            Harvey Mudd College, Post-Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor

Spring 2009          Harvey Mudd College, Visiting Lecturer

2008-2009            Women Writers Project, Textbase Editor and Project Manager, Brown University


            Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters

  1. “Perfoming Archive: Identity, Participation, and Responsibility in the Ethnic Archive,” with David S. Kim, Archive Journal, special issue “Publishing the Archive,” Winter 2013. 6,491 words (75%, lead scholar)
  2. “Whence Feminism? Locating Critical Sites in Digital Literary Archives” Digital Humanities Quarterly special issue on “The Literary,” Fall 2013 (7.1). 7,801 words
  3. “Feminism in the Age of Digital Archives: The Women Writers Project,” with Julia Flanders, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, (Vol. 29, No. 2, Fall 2010). pp 425-435 (50%)
  4. “Reading for Rowdy Form/ Reading for Steady Form in Sir Philip Sidney’s Defence of Poesie,” with Corey McEleney, New Formalisms, Verena Theile and Linda Tredennick, eds. Palgrave Macmillan, April 2013. pp 116-139 (50%)
  5. “Discovery in The World: the case of Descartes,” The Invention of Discovery, James Dougal Flemming, ed. Ashgate, 2010. pp 109-124
  6. “New Scholarship, New Pedagogies: A View from the ‘EEBO Generation’.” Early Modern Literary Studies, Spring 2008 Special Edition, with Stefania Crowther, Ethan Jordan, and Hillary Nunn. 9189 words (30%)

Non-refereed Digital Exhibits, Articles, and Projects

  1. Performing Archive: Curtis and the ‘Vanishing Race’ a digital archive-book built in 2013 in Scalar. Directed by Wernimont and co-authored with David S. Kim, Ulia Gosart, Heather Blackmore, Amy Borsuk, and Beatrice Schuster. The book brings together over 2,500 images and assets with entirely new scholarly content.
  2. Created Archives” An Omeka/Scalar project built by the Fall 2012 Core III: Creating Archives class.
  3. Counting the Dead: Commemorative Technologies and the Plague (Poster presented at the 2012 NITLE Symposium), the digital project is currently in development.
  4. Mapping Digital Humanities in Claremont,” for Building Capacity in Digital Humanities series published by the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, with Allegra Gonzalez Swift and Char Booth. August 26, 2012.
  5. “Women and the Writing of Science: Jane Sharp’s Midwives Book,” Women Writers Project,


  1. “Fictions of the Cosmos. By Aït-Touati, Frédérique, Translated from the French by Susan Emanuel. Chicago and London: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 261 pp. ISBN 0-226-01122-4.” Annals of Science, 2012, 1-3.
  2. “Evolving Hamlet: Seventeenth-Century Tragedy and the Ethics of Natural Selection. Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance. Angus Fletcher, New York: Palgrave Macmillian, 2010.” Renaissance Quarterly, Winter 2011.
  3. “Hysteria: The Biography. Andrew Scull, Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, August 2011.
  4. “The Word and the World: Biblical Exegesis and Early Modern Science. Kevin Kileen and Peter J. Forshaw, eds., New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2007.” Ambix: Journal for the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, March 2009.
  5. “The Alphabet of Nature. Francis Mercury van Helmont. Taylor Corse (Introduction), Allison P. Coudert (Translator), Brill Academic Publishers, 2007.” Ambix: Journal for the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, March 2009.

In Process Publication

Monograph Book

Writing Early Modern Worlds: A mathematico-poetic story. Currently working on revisions to a five-chapter manuscript; all chapters have been drafted.

Edited Special Issue

Feminisms and Digital Humanities, a special issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly (publication scheduled for March 2015)

Grants and Fellowships

External Grants

  1. National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities Start Up Level 1 “Materials of Loss,” Pending (co-investigator, 25%)
  2. National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities Start Up Level 1, “Futures of the Book,” Pending (co-PI, 50%)
  3. The Trust Challenge (HASTAC and MacArthur Foundation), “Addressing Anti-Feminist Violence Online” $150,00, Pending (PI, 100%)
  4. National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities Advanced Topics, “Vibrant Data” $250, 000, Submitted for feedback (co-PI, 90%)
  5. “Staging the History of Eugenic Sterilization in California: Recovering Lost Stories, Designing Best Practices,” In Preparation (co-PI, 50%)
  6. Mellon Foundation Digital Humanities Implementation Grant, 2014, (PI, 100%) $1,500,000 awarded (grant remained with Claremont Colleges after my resignation).
  7. National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities Advanced Topics, “Cultures of Reception: Transatlantic Readership and the Construction of Women’s Literary History” with the Brown University Women Writers Project, 2011-2013 (Contributor, 20%) awarded
  8. Brown University Pembroke Center Seed Grant and University of California Humanities Research Institute Grant, FemTechNet’s “Dialogues in Feminism and Technology,” a Distributed Online Collaborative Course, 2012-2013 (Participant, 15%) awarded
  9. National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Topics Institute for Digital Humanities at the University of Denver, not awarded
  10. National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Institutes, “Taking TEI Further: Teaching with TEI,” Women Writers Project, 2011 (Invited Faculty Instructor, 20%), awarded
  11. American Association of University Women, “ Minority Science Clinic” Campus Action Grant, 2010 (PI, 100%), $3,350 awarded
  12. Hamilton House Shakespeare Lecture Series Grant, 2006-07 (100%) $2,000 awarded

External Fellowships and Awards

  1. Fellow, Early Modern Digital Agendas, Folger Shakespeare Library, Summer 2013
  2. Pacific Security Fellow, Huntington Library, Spring 2010
  3. Mathematics and Narrative Fellow, Central European University, 2009
  4. Untermeyer Dissertation Fellowship, 2008-2009
  5. Folger Institute Graduate Fellow, “Researching the Archive,” 2007-2008
  6. Untermeyer Dissertation Fellowship, 2007-08 (awarded but declined)
  7. Chemical Heritage Foundation Research Fellow, 2006
  8. Folger Institute Graduate Fellow, “Technologies of Writing,” 2005
  9. Early English Books Online Essay Grand Prize, 2003

Internal Grants

Arizona State University

  1. Institute for Humanities Research Seed Grant, “Creative Push,” 2014 Pending, (Consultant, 10%)

Scripps College

  1. Mellon Foundation Faculty Career Enhancement grant, “Digital Archives that Count” 2011-12 (Co-PI, 50%), $29,745.24
  2. Mellon Foundation Faculty Career Enhancement grant, “21st Century Shakespeare” 2011-12 (Co-PI, 50%) $55,900
  3. Claremont New Venture Award for work on gender and science, 2009-2010 (Co-PI, 50%)
  4. “Writing Across Borders” Mellon Foundation Interdisciplinary Faculty Enhancement grant, 2010-2011 (Participant, 10%)

Brown University

  1. Cogut Humanities Center Research Grant, “Women in the Archive,” 2008 (Co-PI, 50%)
  2. Brown Graduate School/Mellon Foundation Grant, “Form and History,” 2007-2008 (100%)
  3. Brown University Research Grant, 2006 (100%)
  4. Cogut Humanities Center Research Grant, “Nature’s Disciplines,” 2007 (Co-PI, 50%)



  1. “Engaging Data: Feminist Interventions in Digital Humanities,” University of Michigan Symposium on Data, Social Justice, and the Humanities, October 2014
  2. Feminist Digital Humanities (1 week course), Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, June 2014
  3. “Digital Humanities and the Academic Labor Market,” University of California, Riverside, January 2014
  4. “Wikistorming” (with Adrianne Wadewitz) part of the Dialogues series for the “Feminisms and Technologies” DOOC, November 2013
  5. “Digital Humanities and Gender/Women’s Studies” NITLE National Seminar, January 16, 2013
  6. “From Student to Teacher: Electronic Resources in the Classroom” Bringing the Text Alive: the Future of Scholarship, Pedagogy, and Electronic Publication EEBO/TCP Special Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, September, 2006

International and National

  1. “’Compliant’ Feminist Archives,” Society for the Social Studies of Science 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  2. “Unruly Form: A Response to ‘Defining Form’,” Modern Language Association 2012, Seattle, WA.
  3. “A Possible World in Math and Poetry: Descartes’s Le Monde,” Modern Language Association 2012, Seattle, WA.
  4. “Possible Worlds: Authorial Markup and Digital Scholarship,” with Julia Flanders, Digital Humanities 2011, Stanford, June 2011.
  5. “Women Writers Online and The Orlando Project: A Case Study in Feminist Digital Archives” 4th Annual Women in the Archives Conference, Brown University, April 2011.
  6. “Are digital archives feminist?” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, March 2011.
  7. “Encoding Women: Are Digital Archives Feminist?” Society for Textual Scholarship Annual Meeting, University Park, Pennsylvania, March 2011.
  8. “Quantifying Sin: The Ethics of Number in Paradise Lost” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Indianapolis, Id, October 2010
  9. “Women in the Archives of Science: Posters and Teaching Feminist History of Science,” 3rd Annual Women in the Archives Conference, Brown University, April 2010
  10. “Digital History: Beyond Preservation in Women Writers Online” History of Science Society Annual Meeting: Phoenix, AZ, November, 2009
  11. “Fictive Discovery: Possibility and Mathematics in the 17th century” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting: Chicago, IL, April, 2008
  12. “Teaching with the Digital Archive: Context and Limit” Women in the Archive: Colloquium on Research and Pedagogy with Archival Materials: Brown University, Providence, RI, March, 2008
  13. “A Bright New World vs. the Mathematical Phoenix: Reading Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World against a narrative of mathematical triumph” History of Science Society Annual Meeting: Vancouver, BC, November, 2006
  14. “Mathematics in the Flesh: strategies of authorization in mathematics” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting: San Francisco, CA, March, 2006

Regional and Local

  1. “The Early Modern Transmission of Knowledge in ‘Migrations of the Mind: Manuscripts from the Schoenberg Collection’” Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA, April 2010
  2. “Women as Public Intellectuals: the case of Margaret Cavendish” Pomona College Women’s Union, Claremont, CA, September, 2008
  3. “Margaret Cavendish’s Literary Mathematics” Chemical Heritage Foundation Lecture Series, Philadelphia, PA, September, 2007
  4. “Breaking the Divide between Public and Intellectual Work” Intellectuals and the Academy in Public Life, John Carter Brown Library, Providence, RI, May, 2007


Arizona State University


            Dawn Opel, English

Claremont Graduate University

  1. Introduction to Digital Humanities, Summer 2014

Scripps College


  1. Junior Seminar in Literary Theory, Spring 2014, Spring 2013,
  2. Women and the Writing of Science, Spring 2014, Spring 2011
  3. Core I: Histories of the Present: Violence, Fall 2013
  4. Introduction to British Literature, Fall 2013, Fall 2011
  5. Core III: Creating Archives, Spring 2012
  6. Possible Worlds in Literature, Science, and New Media, Fall 2013, Fall 2010,
  7. John Milton: Nature, Knowledge, and Creation, Fall 2013, Fall 2010
  8. The “P-Word”: Reclaiming Poetry, Spring 2011
  9. Core II: The Roar of the Lion: the lives and deaths of animals, Spring 2011

Thesis Reader or Chair(60-100 pages)

  1. Catherine Schetina (English, 2014)
  2. Aly Monroe, English (English, 2014)
  3. Caitlin Powell (English, 2014)
  4. Elena Shwarma, (English, 2014)
  5. Beatrice Schuster (Writing, 2014)
  6. Marta Bean (Science, Technology, and Society, 2014)
  7. Nick Rosa (English, 2013)
  8. Anne Dreschfield (Writing, 2013)
  9. Sydney Swongian (Science, Technology, and Society, 2013)
  10. Laura Goforth (Science, Technology, and Society, 2013)
  11. Tori Mirsadjadi (English, 2012)
  12. Victoria Tiller (Intercollegiate Media Studies, 2012)
  13. Ana Derby (Science, Technology, and Society, 2011)
  14. Anna Loris (English, 2011)
  15. Helen Huang (English and Intercollegiate Media Studies, 2011)
  16. Tess Sadowsky (English and Political Science, 2011)
  17. Lindsey Cook (Theater, 2011)
  18. Andrianna Betts (Intercollegiate Media Studies, 2011)
  19. Hope Whitney-Monical (Intercollegiate Media Studies, 2011)

Summer Research Students

  1. Beatriz Maldonado (2014)
  2. Beatrice Schuster (2013)

Harvey Mudd College

  1. Women and the Writing of Science, Spring 2010
  2. Literary Moonwalkers, Fall 2009



Arizona State University

  1. Nexus Lab for Digital Humanities and Transdisciplinary Informatics Advisory Board, Arizona State University, 2014-present
  2. CLAS Dean’s Task Force on Digital Humanities at ASU, 2014-present


Scripps College

  1. National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education Scripps College liaison 2011-2014
  2. Claremont Intercollegiate Science, Technology, & Society Steering Committee, Fall 2010-14
  3. Claremont Intercollegiate Media Studies, Affiliated Faculty & Student Advisor, Fall 2010-14
  4. Claremont Consortium Digital Library Executive Committee, Fall 2011-2014
  5. Scripps College Employee of the Year Selection Committee, Spring 2013



  1. Early Modern Digital Agendas, Folger Shakespeare Library, Working Group 2013- present
  2. Dialogues on Feminism and Technology (FemTechNet) Steering Committee 2013- present
  3. Research and Projects Board Member, Women Writers Project, 2008-present
  4. Reviewer for Polymath, Interdisciplinary Journal of Humanities and Sciences 2013-present
  5. Reviewer for Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013-present
  6. National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities Review Panelist, Spring 2013
  7. History of Science Society Graduate/Early Career Caucus Ex Officio, 2009-10
  8. Co-Chair History of Science Society Graduate/Early Career Caucus, 2006-09
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