What is Digital History (DH)? We are living in a time in which teaching and learning is increasingly practiced through digital media. Is this simply history, done digitally? Or is there a fundamental shift happening in the way historians study and interpret the past? This course will attempt to unpack this question through a series of exercises designed to introduce students to the practice, theories, and methods of digital history. 
Through readings and discussions, students became familiar with current projects and debates in digital history. A series of guest speakers shared their digital history research and experiences, and workshops provided hands-on experience with a range of tools and methods. The course culminated in a final project in which students applied DH methodologies to their own research interests. Co-taught with Professor Gordon H. Chang.
Student Projects

The Talk of the Fair by Sophia Susac

This project seeks to view the progression of communication technologies over time, viewing them through the lens of the World Fairs. Investigating the growth of the telephone and telegraph reveals the quick spread of these technologies and the rise of Alexander Graham Bell as a leader in the field of communication technologies. This project seeks to demonstrate how the World’s Fairs shaped Bell’s success and in turn, how Bell shaped the Fairs themselves.

Identifying Trends in WWII Era Public Health Films by Brittany Stinson

The goal of this project was to assess to what extent digital textual analysis tools can be used to demonstrate attitudes and beliefs that underlie public health messaging within the National Library of Medicine’s “The Public Health Film Goes to War” archive, with hopes of further showcasing the extent to which they were a product of their time.

The Che Guevara Reader (El Texto de Che Guevara) by Sefa Santos-Powell

This project will explore the speeches/writings of Che Guevara through the methodology of textual analysis to understand various questions, such as: How can the new reality Guevara was envisioning be understood through his words? How does the constellation of words he constructed indicate a way out of our current reality, or contain within it new ways of thinking about reality? In studying Guevara’s words, how can we use them to define our own movements on new terms with new tools?