Hi. My name is Jim McGrath, and I’m currently a postdoctoral fellow in Digital Public Humanities at Brown University‘s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. I’m interested in digital humanities, digital archives, public history, public humanities, the history of reading, libraries, new media, poetry, and comic books. Last spring (2016) I taught a graduate-level course in Digital Public Humanities here at Brown. I’m currently teaching a graduate-level course in Digital Storytelling. I also recently helped organize (with Robyn Schroeder and Inge Zwart) a Day of Public Humanities event in 2017 (and we’re doing it all over again in 2018!).
I am pretty easy to find on Twitter (@JimMc_Grath). You can also email me at james_mcgrath[at]brown[dot]edu. I’m currently available to consult on projects similar to the ones outlined below: please be in touch if you’re interested! I’m also happy to discuss my work in digital humanities, digital archives, and public humanities in your classroom or at your university, schedule and resources permitting!
In August 2015, I earned a doctorate in English from Northeastern University. My dissertation, “Borrowed Country: Digital Media, Remediation, and North American Poetry in the Twenty-First Century,” examines the social dimensions of reading, writing, and publishing poetry in digital contexts (ebooks, Wikipedia articles, social media networks like Twitter) in the twenty-first century. Poets surveyed in the dissertation include John Ashbery, Anne Carson, Kevin Young, Steve Roggenbuck, and Patricia Lockwood. You can read the dissertation here, via Northeastern’s Digital Repository Service. Some of its ideas will be revised and remediated in the form of academic articles, blog posts, tweets, and other modes of writing.
At Northeastern, I was Project Director of Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, a community archive of stories, photos, oral histories, and other content about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Our Marathon won a 2013 DH Award for “Best DH Project for Public Audiences.” In 2015 I received Northeastern’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Community Service, thanks in large part to my work on Our Marathon.
I was also Coordinator for the Northeastern University Library Digital Scholarship Group (working for the extremely awesome and inspiring Julia Flanders), where I ran a “Digital Humanities Open Office Hours” series, assisted with the Digital Repository Service Project Toolkit initiative, planned workshops, and helped with grant proposals, project management, and documentation needs. I was also the Bibliographic Developer for Digital Humanities Quarterly and a fellow in Northeastern’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks.
Current projects in development include a digital house tour of the Nightingale-Brown House, a book chapter on memes for The SAGE Handbook of Web History, and a book chapter on Our Marathon (co-authored with Alicia Peaker) for a collection (under contract) on digital Humanities and collaborations with libraries.