As the Assistant Director for the Women Writers Project (WWP) and Assistant Director for the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, self-described “book nerd” Dr. Sarah Connell (Ph.D. ’14) is central to Northeastern’s strong, supportive community of digital scholars. She is involved with directing a major digital humanities project (WWP) and leads a new NEH Collaborative Research grant. Sarah trains and mentors graduate students in digital text encoding, editing, and methods of digital analysis, and leads workshops and working groups on a range of digital humanities (DH) topics. She also co-teaches two undergraduate and graduate courses: Literature and Digital Diversity with Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and NULab Project Seminar with Professor Julia Flanders. Here’s how Sarah got here:
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Was introduced to early modern Irish literature in Prof. Patrick Mullen’s Irish Film & Literature course. Her dissertation topic was inspired by a paper she wrote for the class.
Had faculty mentors from fields such as Irish culture, early modern literature, gender studies, text encoding, and more to shape her intellectual and professional development.
Became involved with the Digital Scholarship Group, first as an encoder for the Women Writers Project and then as a project team member with the Early Caribbean Digital Archive.
Took on more leadership for the Women Writers Project throughout her program and eventually became their Assistant Director following graduation.
Found a network of colleagues for research, teaching, and the development of programs in digital scholarship through the larger academic community in Boston.
Wrote her dissertation on the ways in which early modern writers used medieval legends and forms to construct national identity.
Currently engaged in research into applying digital tools and methodologies to pre-Victorian texts, with a particular interest in examining how people wrote about the past.
Currently working with the WWP team to develop an exploration interface for a bibliography to all the texts named, referenced, cited, or quoted in Women Writers Online.
Currently planning partnerships for the Digital Integration Teaching Initiative, which supports collaborations to bring digital tools, methods, and skills into CSSH classrooms.
Currently continuing development of the NULab’s programs in digital scholarship alongside Professor Julia Flanders, particularly the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities.
“I’m in a position where almost everything I do, I would do for free, too. It’s nice to have a professional life that is rewarding intellectually and where I’m learning constantly.”
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