Digital Projects

My previous digital scholarship has been published in a variety of venues, including my forthcoming book Shirts Powdered Red. My digital humanities work primarily focuses on social network analysis as a method of examining women’s roles in their communities.

My first book, Shirts Powdered Red, includes network analysis of several seventeenth and eighteenth century baptismal and economic networks as well of quantitative analysis of trends in Haudenosaunee consumer purchases.

My article “For Wagrassero’s Wife’s Son” compares the network structure of two seventeenth century Haudenosaunee and Munsee economic networks to examine the archival invisibilities of Indigenous women. This piece first appeared in the Journal of Early American History and was invited as an annotated reprint as part of a forum on argument-driven digital history for The Journal of Social History.

  • “For Wagrassero’s Wife’s Son: Colonialism and the Structure of Indigenous Women’s Social Connections, 1690-1730.” The Journal of Early American History 7, no. 2 (Fall 2017): 89-114.
  • Annotated reprint, “For Wagrassero’s Wife’s Son: Colonialism and the Structure of Indigenous Women’s Social Connections, 1690-1730.” Models of Argument-Driven Digital History, special forum for The Journal of Social History. Edited by Lincoln Mullen and Stephen Robertson. Summer 2021.

My book chapter on Revolutionary-era women’s correspondence networks found in the Founders Online database will appear in Fall 2022 as part of an edited collection on the digital Age of Revolutions. This piece compares women writers’ correspondence networks to examine the changing place of women in Revolutionary and early republic networks of letters and early national archival practices.

  • “By Conversation with a Lady: Women’s Correspondence Networks in the Founders Online Database.” The Age of Revolutions in the Digital Age. Edited by Nora Slonimsky, Mark Boonshaft, and Ben Wright. Cornell University Press, 2022.

My article under review, “All One People: Social Network Analysis of a Mixed-Race Congregation in Eighteenth Century New York,” examines in detail one mixed race eighteenth century Anglican baptismal network.

My current project, “The Capacious Sacrament of Necessity: Ethnic and Racial Formation in Early America” builds on the questions of identity and community formation I examined in my first book. “The Capacious Sacrament of Necessity” compares baptismal networks across a variety of denominations in early America to examine how family and gender were used to create ethnic and racial identity. One of the long-term goals of this project is to develop a process to compare baptismal networks across time and space. Although not all Christian denominations in early America practiced infant baptism, baptismal godparentage was practiced widely across many denominations, ethnic groups, and racial groups, and the documentary practice of recording baptisms remained fairly stable across the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, making baptismal records an ideal source for comparing community formation across time, space, and ethnic lines. Computational measures of network structure, like measures of gender segregation, detection of ethnic subcommunities, and individuals who bridged these communities, can help examine the role of women and marginalized people who are otherwise underrepresented in the archive. This project will eventually be published as a monograph-equivalent scholarly website and offer a typology of network structures to form the basis for future work. As part of this scholarly website, I plan to make available my network analysis scripts to enable other scholars to easily compare other networks to those analyzed in my project.