About Jim

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 HeritageI’m interested in digital humanities, digital archives, digital pedagogy, public history, public humanities, hyperlocal histories, new media, materiality and popular culture, and comic books. Check out the rest of my site to learn about the digital projects I’ve worked on and the classes I’ve taught at Brown and elsewhere.

I am pretty easy to find on Twitter (@JimMc_Grath). You can also email me at james_mcgrath@brown.edu. I’m currently available to consult on projects similar to the ones outlined on this site’s Projects page: please be in touch if you’re interested! I’m also happy to discuss my research, digital humanities, digital archives, public humanities, and digital public humanities (among other topics) in your classroom or at your university, schedule and resources permitting! Feel free to check out my CV to learn more about my work!

I have 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.

Select Publications

“‘This is Fine’: Reading, Making, and Archiving Memes After November 2016.” October 2018. Editors’ Choice, Digital Humanities Now.

Hyperlocal Histories and Digital Collections” October 2018. Editors’ Choice, Digital Humanities Now.

Precarious Labor and the Digital Humanities.” With Christina Boyles, Anne Cong-Huyen, Carrie Johnston, and Amanda Phillips. American Quarterly. 70.3. September 2018. 693-700.

“The Tour as Technology: Digital Approaches to Location-Based Storytelling.” Preservation Education and Research. Volume 10. 2018. 121-23 (PDF).

Our Marathon, five years later: reflections on the work of digital public humanities.” History@Work. National Council on Public History. April 30, 2018.

Our Marathon: The Role of Graduate Student and Library Labor in Making the Boston Bombing Digital Archive.” With Alicia Peaker. In Digital Humanities, Libraries, and Partnerships: A Critical Examination of Labor, Networks, and Community. Eds. Robin Kear and Kate Joranson. Chandos Publishing. 2018.

Reappearing Acts.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 11.3. 2017.

Days of Future Past: Augmented Reality and Temporality in Digital Public Humanities.” 2017. Editors’ Choice, Digital Humanities Now.

Questions, comments? Feel free to email me at james_mcgrath@brown.edu or get in touch with me on Twitter @JimMc_Grath.