Digital & Public History

Managing Editor, Wisconsin 101; Our History in Objects

July 2017 – present

I currently serve as Managing Editor for Wisconsin101, Our History in Objects, a state-wide public history project organized in cooperation between the UW-Madison History Department, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Wisconsin Public Radio’s Wisconsin Life radio program.  Wisconsin101 uses the histories of everyday objects for use in high school and elementary school classrooms to teach Wisconsin’s history and illustrate the interconnected experiences that stitch the state together.  To do this, the site profiles objects like a penguin server or a fishing lure. These object-histories then anchor a series of stories that contextualizes that object within the people, places, ideas, and production processes that gave it meaning.

Wisconsin101 is a crowd-sourced public history project and the job of the Managing Editor includes working with individuals, classrooms, historical societies, and community groups to develop, research, and write object-histories, assisting authors through the editorial process, coordinating an Editorial Board composed professional historians and curators, publishing object-histories through our website, and promoting them online and locally. As part of my position I have also lead the full re-design and reconstruction of the website.


Editorial Board Member, Edge Effects

January 2017 – present

I have the pleasure to be an editor for Edge Effectsthe digital magazine of environmental humanities for the Center for Culture, History and the Environment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.  As an editor, I organize Edge Effect‘s “SEEDS 2.0, New Directions in Environmental History” series and am one of our primary book review editors. One of the best things about this job is that I get to work with authors from a wide range of disciplinary background.  Please see below for a sample of Edge Effects posts for which I have been the primary editor.

“Knowing Prairies: An Essay in Comic Form,” by Liz Anna Kozik. link

Book Review: “Black Branding and Gentrification in Washington, D.C.,” by Rebecca Summer. link

“The Art of Anxious Environments,” by Nisse Lovendahl. link

“Remembering Lost Landscapes in Cambodia,” by W. Nathan Green. link

Book Review: “Environmental Resentment on the Political Right,” by Andy Davey and Eric Nost. link


Co-Chair, E is for Environment, New Vocabularies for the Past, Present, and Future

Symposium hosted by the Center for Culture, History and the Environment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.  May, 2016 – March, 2017

This 3-day symposium brought together seventeen graduate students from across North America representing twelve different disciplines to examine shared and divergent meanings for the term “environment.”  Participants shared papers drawn from their own research to create a new glossary of synonyms to help clarify interdisciplinary conversations about the environmental past.

Symposium website available here.

Symposium review in Erstwhile available here.

Symposium Program and Glossary available here.

Edge Effects podcast with keynote speaker Kate Brown available here.

Interview explaining purpose and goals of symposium available here.