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Activities (1999 to Present)

Changing Lanes: A Reanimation of Shell Oil’s Carol Lane” is a multimedia case study of a mid-20th-century public relations (PR) program, sponsored by Shell Oil and Shell Canada, Ltd., with the intention of wooing American and Canadian women motorists. I used a hybrid methodology mixing prosopography/group biography, mapping and visualization, and videographic criticism, infused with  data feminism. It is a fully digital dissertation on an ArcGIS StoryMap platform (with some Tableau and Social Explorer thrown in).  I successfully defended it on July 30, 2021. NEW: “Changing Lanes” was added to two lists of innovative dissertations! https://www.humanitiescareers.pitt.edu/innovative-dissertations and https://nextgendiss.hcommons.org/examples/

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Current professional roles:

TRIBESOURCING SOUTHWEST FILM PROJECT [NEH/NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant funded]

Digital Projects Manager/Archivist. 2017-2023

  • Media integration, culturally appropriate metadata, and website administration (Mukurtu)
  • Digital field guide
  • Workshops
  • Dictionary development

Professional affiliations:

  • The Association for Computers and the Humanities
  • Association of Moving Image Archivists

Previous professional roles:

  • Social Media Manager and Digital Support for Remote Projects, American Studies department, UNC. 2020-2021
  • Community Histories Workshop (Team member, 2016-2017)
  • Documenting Communities (Teaching Assistant, Spring 2017)
  • I helped spruce up Mapping Voices and worked with interns on “Industrialization” and “Desegregation” and “WWII” maps for Southern Oral History Program (Field Scholar, 2017-2018)
  • Video Citation tools (2016-2017)

Audiovisual Cataloguer | Archivist. 2008-2013

  • Processed unpublished audiovisual material collections and related paper documents
  • Wrote and coded item- and collection-level bibliographic records for Harvard University’s online library catalog
  • Wrote and coded EAD/XML online finding aids, using DACS as a content standard

Exhibit committee. “Stepping Stones for New Americans” (Spring/2013), “Siting Julia” (Fall/2012), “Women on the Clock” (Fall/2011), “Inside/Out: The Geography of Gendered Space” (Spring/2010)

  • Curated, wrote captions, and edited video/audio materials for exhibit kiosks
  • Project managed and coordinated with vendor
  • Collaborated with committee on overall theme and appearance
  • Brought audiovisual kiosk up to ADA compliance for the sight and hearing impaired

Local History through the Camera Lens Exhibit.” Researched, co-developed, co-designed, and executed digital video exhibit for the iPearl Immersion Theater and accompanying website; in-class instruction; digitized films with A/V Geeks. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in Dr. Devin Orgeron’s Seminar in Nonfiction Media (ENG 585 / Fall 2015) were assigned films from the collection, which they then researched, establishing a context for understanding proprietor O.B. Garris’ work and the historical moment during which they were produced. Video proxies of original 16mm films played alongside related archival documents and their written texts. James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University. November-December 2015


Content Services Consultant. 2014-2016

  • Media and archival research
  • Metadata writing, schema creation, and quality control for archival material
  • Online testing and training development
  • Screen-share live training (2014)
  • Data analysis (2014-2015)

Library Information Specialist – Media. 2006-2008

  • Initiated and quality-checked metadata relating to all incoming media assets into proprietary data management systems
  • Coordinated with management to define work flows for asset management within Library, Production Center, and throughout Discovery Communications
  • Assisted in standardizing technical metadata cataloguing practices



“Mobilizing Women In a Few Easy Steps! (A Feminist Triptych).” Video essay. [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies, 10.3, 2023.https://mediacommons.org/intransition/journal-videographic-film-moving-image-studies-103-2023

“Tribesourcing Southwest Films: Counter-Narrations and Reclamation,” KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies on Indigenous Knowledges, co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Jenkins and Rhiannon Sorrell (forthcoming 2021).

“Gone Estray.” Video essay. [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies, 5.4, 2019.


Documentary Now!  And Then…” Book review: Documentary Across Platforms: Reverse Engineering Media, Place, and Politics (Patricia R. Zimmermann, 2019), The Moving Image 19.2 (Fall 2019 [December 2020]).

Richard Pryor’s Peoria: Footnotes and Fandom.” Digital project review. American Quarterly, Volume 72, Number 1 (March 2020).

Cue the Women: Public Access Cable Early 1970s – 1980s. Video essay. Raleigh Television Network, Channel 10 (April 2015). https://vimeo.com/123631501.


“George Stoney: Carolina Roots,” Southern Oral History Program, November 2017, https://sohp.org/digital-exhibits/george-stoney/.


  • Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 2021
  • Honorable Mention award. 2020 Research Computing Symposium poster presentation, Duke University, February 5, 2020
  • Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative Mentoring Grant. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 2019
  • Recent recipient of a 2018 Digital Dissertation Fellowship from UNC’s Carolina Digital Humanities.

DH-related presentations:

  • “Don’t Let It Drive You Crazy: The Ins & Outs of Creating a Digital Dissertation.” Humanities Engage Summer Workshop, University of Pittsburgh, May 10-11, 2023.
  • “FLEFF 2023: Special Zoom Event with Tribesourcing Southwest Film,” with Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Rhiannon Sorrell, Ithaca College (remote), Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, April 7, 2023
  • “Digital Shorts” lightning talk on fully digital dissertation and using Esri ArcGIS Online. American Studies Association annual conference, remote, October 2021
  • “Tribesourcing Southwest Films: Counter-Narrations and Speaking Back to Colonial Rhetoric” Digital Humanities 2020 (DH2020), Ottawa, ON, Canada, July 22 – 24, 2020 [Virtual conference due to Covid-19 pandemic. Online presentation.]
  • Protocols Webinar Series (3): Providing Context through Centering Indigenous Voices,” webinar produced in collaboration with the Society of American Archivists Native American Archives Section and The Association of Moving Image Archivists and hosted by Jennifer O’Neal, with Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Rhiannon Sorrell, and Crystal Littleben, June 2020.
  • Augmented Humanity Podcast, interview with Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, New Mexico Humanities Council and KUNM-FM, June 2020.
  • “Airtable for A/V Archivists” webinar, presenter and moderator, Association of Moving Image Archivists, May 20-21, 2020.
  • “Tribesourcing Midcentury Educational Films: Digital Repatriation and Local Knowledge.” Presenting with Jennifer Jenkins, and Rhiannon Sorrell. Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference, Baltimore, MD, November 2019
  • “Tribesourcing Vintage Educational Films: Repurposing with Native Narrations.” Presenting with Jennifer Jenkins, Rhiannon Sorrell, and Amy Fatzinger. International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Temecula, CA, October 8-10, 2019
  • “‘Visual Prosopography’: A Multimedia and Performative Approach to Collective Biography.” “Be/holding:Visual and Archival Approaches in American Studies” panel with Katelyn M. Campbell and John Bechtold, American Studies Colloquium Series, October 2, 2019
  • “Changing Lanes: A Reanimation Of Shell Oil’s Carol Lane,” The Association for Computers and the Humanities Conference (http://ach2019.ach.org/), Pittsburgh, PA, July 2019
  • “Changing Lanes: A Reanimation Of Shell Oil’s Carol Lane,” Digital Humanities 2018 (DH2019) Conference, Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 9-12, 2019
  • “Changing Lanes: A Public Relations Network and Shell Oil’s Carol Lane,” Thinking with Cinema:  New Directions in Videographic Criticism, Theory, and Practice panel, Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference, Seattle, WA, March 2019 
  • “Changing Lanes: A Reanimation of Shell Oil’s Carol Lane.” Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS 2018), November 9-11, 2018
  • Organized a mini-DH stream and panel at Association of Moving Image Archivists 2017 conference.
  • Presented a lightning talk at American Studies Association 2017 conference.
  • “Show Your Work” (2017). Essay on citation and documentary works. Video Citation Exercise mock-up, DH Recruitment Fellowship (Scalar) Video Citation Exercise mock-up, DH Recruitment Fellowship (H5P, below)

Related coursework at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • HIST 890: Introduction to Digital Humanities with Marie Saldaña
  • AMST 840: Digital Humanities/Digital American Studies with Bobby Allen
  • AMST 895 (Directed Reading): Videographic Criticism with Jason Mittell (Middlebury College*)
  • AMST 895 (Directed Reading): Readings developed in collaboration with Miriam Posner (UCLA*)
  • AMST 795 (DH field experience): Worked with data visualization librarian, Lorin Bruckner (Davis Library*)
  • INLS 696 (Independent Study): Prosopography and data mining with Ryan Shaw
  • WGST 890 Feminist Informatics: with Lilly Nguyen

Related coursework at University of California, Los Angeles

  • INF STD 464: Metadata
  • MIAS 220: Archeology of the Media
  • INF STD 260: Information Structures
  • Film/TV 200: Bibliography and Methods of Research in Film and Television
  • MIAS 240: Collection Development
  • Mock-up Finding Aid for American Indian Studies Center

Related coursework at University of California, Berkeley

  • AMERSTD C174: Visual Autobiography
  • ART160: Digital Media: History, Theory & Practice

Community Crowdsourcing Exercises

Community Histories Workshop community crowdsourcing mock-up (WordPress, below, now retired on CHW site)

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT?! Help us identify a person, place, event, or just share a memory to share about this digitized home movie (originally shot on 8mm film) from 1939! It was shot by previous mill superintendent M. G. Frye, and donated to the State Archives of North Carolina in 2007 by his grandson, Robert G. Frye. We placed prompts throughout the video which appear with each new scene, and stop the video. You can use the play and rewind buttons to review a clip. If you have information to share, please fill out the form below and don’t forget to give that timecode number! Then click play again to continue. If you’re identifying people and you know one or more in the image, identify people as they appear on the screen from left to right, such as “second from left” and so on. Use the same method to point out a business, building, house, street name or any landmark. Then don’t forget to click on “Submit.” And gosh, we really do thank you so much for contributing your valuable knowledge!

  CHW community contribution/crowdsourcing mock-up (H5P, pop-up form)