Digital & Public History

Wisconsin_101_Logo_no_logotype_72dpi-01Managing 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.


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Editorial Board Member, Edge Effects

January 2017 – October 2018

Edge Effects is the digital magazine of environmental humanities for the Center for Culture, History and the Environment (CHE) in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. In 2012, I was one of the two graduate students (along with Garrett Nelson) who initiated the project, and a graduate student representative on the CHE steering Committee, I also helped craft the proposal and early stages of the project. Later, as a member of the Edge Effects editorial board, I organized Edge Effect‘s “SEEDS 2.0, New Directions in Environmental History” series, and was one of the primary book review editors.

Here are a few posts or podcasts for which I was primary editor:

Olympic Do-Over: How Olympic Redevelopment Erased South Korea’s Past, Twice. By Albert L. Park.

Can Green Diplomacy Take Root in the DMZ? By David Fedman.

Environmental Resentment on the Political Right. By Andy Davey and Eric Nost.

Thoreau, Now More than Ever: A Conversation with Laura Dassow Walls and Deagan Miller. By Nathan Jandl.

Designing Seeds and Laboratories for the Green Revolution. By Nikki Moore.

Remembering Lost Landscapes in Cambodia. By W. Nathan Green


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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.