A double major in English and history, I received my B.A from Augsburg College in 2015. I am currently working towards my M.A. in the Geographic Information Science program at the University of Minnesota, where I hold a research appointment at the Borchert Map Library. An active proponent of the digital humanities, my work focuses on the intersection of race, place, and historical narrative.
Born and raised in the Twin Cities, I am a regular contributor to the Historyapolis Project and am currently serving as the project's GIS director. I am also the project manager and GIS specialist for the Mapping Prejudice Project, which is identifying racially restrictive housing covenants in 20th century Minneapolis. By utilizing GIS, optical character recognition, and crowd-sourcing, we hope to build the first comprehensive spatial database of these racial restrictions for an American city. For more on our project, check out our recent feature in the Star Tribune.
In addition to my spatial research, I am currently the lead web developer for both Historyapolis and Mapping Prejudice. When I am not too busy building databases and websites, I also dabble in traditional cartography. You can find some of my cartographic work in the Star Tribune, Open Rivers, and the Middle West Review.