A Minneapolis native, I have always had a fascination with the relationships between historic memory and place. This curiosity led me to double major in English and history as an undergraduate at Augsburg University. As I finished my B.A., I became increasingly interested in the capacity of digital tools to construct historic narrative. This conviction led me to the Master’s of Geographic Information Science program at the University of Minnesota. While completing my degree, I began working at the Borchert Map Library, and managed several spatially-oriented digital projects. I am now pursuing my PhD in the Geography, Environment, and Society program at the University of Minnesota.
An active proponent of the digital humanities, my work focuses on the intersection of race, place, and historical narrative. 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 crowdsourcing, we hope to build the first comprehensive spatial database of these racial restrictions for an American city. Our work has been profiled by the Star Tribune, The National Council on Public History, Open Rivers, Next City, and ESRI.
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.