Hi. My name is Jim McGrath, and I’m currently a postdoctoral fellow in public digital humanities at Brown University‘s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural HeritageI’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. This coming spring (2017!) I’ll be teaching a graduate-level course in Digital Storytelling (course website coming soon!).

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.

Collaborative Work

Hacking Heritage (Member of Steering Committee / Web Designer; Spring 2016)

Rhode Tour (Consultant; September 2015-present)

Modernist Journals Project (Consultant; September 2015-present)

Wikipedia (Editor; April 2014-present)


New England Digital Humanities Working Group for Graduate Students and Postdocs (Organizer / Participant; June 2015-December 2015)

Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive (Project Co-Director; May 2013-August 2015)

Northeastern University Library Digital Scholarship Group (Coordinator; January 2015-August 2015)

NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks (Fellow / Scholar; September 2013-August 2015)

“Digital Approaches to Boston Culture: Curating the Legacy of Mayor James M. Curley” (Consultant; Spring 2014-Summer 2015)

The Open Access Button (Communications Officer; May 2014-August 2014)

Digital Humanities Quarterly (Bibliographic Developer; January 2014-December 2014)



Revisionist Wiki: Wikipedia Revision Histories (Tumblr; also on Twitter @RevisionistWiki)

Jim on Tumblr

Jim on Medium (TBD)


Writing Elsewhere

“Day of DH” 2015 with Northeastern’s Digital Scholarship Group (Spring 2015)

“DSG On The Road: Open Repositories and DHSI” (Summer 2015)

“Digital Records of Incarceration: An Annotated Bibliography” (The  Straddler; Winter 2015)

“Day of DH” 2014 blog posts (Spring 2014)


NO NEW YORKER (2011-2012)

@Robert_Frost (2009-2012)




The Laughing Magician (rarely-updated blog about comics)

A Screen For Every Minute (collection of screencaps of my desktop)

@FakeAPStylebook (I wrote some jokes for this account)


@DHChipotle (?)

And here is a picture of me holding a giant sandwich:

Six foot hero holding a four foot hero.

Jim McGrath holding a giant sandwich. Photo: Kevin McGrath Jr.