I'm interested in the changing ways in which people engage with the past, participate in struggles over the meanings of history, and in the creative possibilities of Digital History.
I am a PhD Candidaate in History at Harvard University, and Visiting Scholar in the Department of History at the University of New Orleans. Before entering the doctoral program I taught high school history in East Los Angeles and I maintain a website sharing pedagogical best practices, lesson plans, and activities with teachers across the country. In 2011, I was named the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year, becoming the youngest teacher ever to win this award.
In terms of my work related to the Digital Humanities, I am currently the Lead Researcher at Harvard's History Design Studio, and I just completed a series of multimedia lessons with WGBH and PBS Learning Media. I was recently featured in an iPad app on "Primary Sources of the Civil Rights Movement" created by the Center on Congress, and I consult on similar projects, like the Veterans History Project, Mentoring Edition. I've conducted workshops on digital methods for faculty at Harvard and UNO and presented at conferences such as Annual Meetings of the NCSS and the American Association of Geographers (AAG). Some of my other projects include creating storymaps on ArcGIS Online, developing a multimedia curriculum on Latino War Veterans, and creating a database of rank-and-file UNIA members in Jamaica for the Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers Project. In my doctoral work, I use mapping and digitized databases to conduct frequency and correlation analysis, visualizing the grammar of political concepts, and examining how their uses and meanings change over time. I believe that, for better and worse, the future of public history, and of education more generally, is an increasingly digital one.