Recent Commons Activity


As head of digital initiatives at the MLA, I project manage Humanities Commons, MLA Commons, and CORE. I am a firm believer in expanding the scope of what we understand to be scholarship to include all sorts of scholarly labor, and am particularly interested in how the various aspects of “open”–open-access publishing models, open educational resources, and open peer review–might play a role in the creation of a more equitable academy. I am co-PI on the Mellon-funded HumetricsHSS initiative, an investigation into the viability of a values-based framework for indicating excellence, and a founding editor of The Idealis, an overlay journal promoting the best in open-access scholarly communication. I also serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication and various Force11 committees.


PhD, French literature, New York University MFA, literary translation, University of Iowa BA, English literature and French literature, University of Glasgow


Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Course (teaching): “Open Humanities 101.” Force11 Scholarly Communications Institute. July 31–Aug 4. La Jolla, CA. Presentation: “OER in the DR: The Disciplinary Repository as a Tool for Open Education.” OpenEd17. Oct 10–13, 2017. Anaheim, CA. Presentation: “Building an Open Commons for the Humanities.” 2017 National Humanities Conference. Boston, MA. Nov 2–5, 2017. Roundtable (presiding): “Open Humanities 101.” 2018 MLA Convention. New York, NY. January 2018.


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