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Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Western Michigan University, Lee Honors College, Kalamazoo, MI

  • Bachelor of Science, December 2006 (GPA: 3.91)
    Majors: History and Mathematics Secondary Education
    Minor: Social Studies
  • Graduate Coursework: Readings in Early American History (GPA: 4.00, 3 credits)

Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

  • Completed 6 credits of graduate coursework in mathematics education (GPA: 4.00)


Claremont Graduate University
Faculty, School of Arts and Humanities, May 2016 – Present

  • Design and teach six-week “Intro to DH” courses for faculty and graduate students that fulfills one “tools” credit for graduate students
  • Facilitate independent study courses in which students utilize digital tools to conduct research and develop their digital identity as scholars
  • Develop and instruct full-semester DH research methods and history courses

Claremont Colleges
Director, Digital Research Studio, December 2016 – Present

  • Create undergraduate DH education program
  • Teach undergraduate DH courses and clinics to build out faculty research projects

Claremont Colleges Library
Digital Scholarship Coordinator, January 2015 – November 2016

  • Pioneered digital scholarship/digital humanities professional development workshop series that includes a five-week short course, monthly workshops, and the first DH Maker Week specifically for librarians and library staff
  • Lead more than 20 DH workshops for faculty, students, and staff each year to build capacity for digital humanities research and teaching at the Claremont Colleges

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Teaching Assistant – Integrated Arts and Humanities: The United States in a Global Perspective, August 2008 – May 2009

  • Instructed students and provided guided practice in analytical, writing, and communication skills.
  • Created interactive lesson plans through which students connected concepts between readings and lectures, as well as current events and social justice issues.
  • Evaluated student performance on quizzes, in-class debates, and essays.

Kalamazoo Central High School, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Kalamazoo, MI
Algebra and Geometry Instructor, December 2006 – June 2008

  • Organized and planned interactive lessons in which students used technology to apply mathematical principles to meaningful problems.
  • Developed and implemented individualized education plans based on students’ goals and needs
  • Served on the math leadership team to develop curriculum, align instruction and assessment to state standards, and improve communication between administration and high school staff.

Baker College, Fremont, MI
Substitute Math Instructor, April 2006 – April 2008

  • Implemented teacher’s lesson plans while taking into account students’ individual needs.
  • Captured and held students’ attention during 4-hour night algebra classes by incorporating real-world applications and short activities.

Loy Norrix High School, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Kalamazoo, MI
Intern Teacher – U.S. History and Mathematical Modeling, August – December 2006

  • Broke down barriers between students due to stereotyping and discrimination by discussing their effects and ways in which they have been and continue to be confronted.
  • Incorporated constructivist philosophy of teaching into classroom by implementing various student-centered learning methodologies based on state and national standards.
  • Developed and implemented integrated, thematic units using literature-based and interactive approaches.

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Teacher Assistant – Applied Calculus, August – December 2005

  • Created lesson plans to deepen students’ understanding of concepts covered in lectures.
  • Designed quizzes to formatively assess learning.
  • Tutored ten students in calculus throughout the semester.


Claremont Colleges
Director, Digital Research Studio, December 2016 – Present

  • Implement the Mellon Digital Humanities Grant
  • Develop community speaker and engagement program
  • Supervise the Mellon DH Project Manager
  • Oversee student worker program

Claremont Colleges Library
Digital Scholarship Coordinator, December 2015 – November 2016

  • Provide more than 50 DH and digital scholarship project consultations each year
  • Mobilize, supervise, and mentor six Digital Scholarship Student Fellows
  • Designed, budgeted, and managed the creation of the “Digital Tool Shed,” a technology-rich research, teaching, and learning space

Digital Scholarship Librarian, January 2015 – December 2015

  • Augmented the Claremont Colleges’ institutional repository, Scholarship@Claremont
  • Advocated for digital scholarly communication through participation in intercollegiate initiatives
  • Developed educational and programmatic activities to support the goals of the Mellon DH grant

Topanga Historical Society, Topanga, CA
Digital Humanities Specialist, May 2014 – May 2015

  • Led cross-functional team for archives digitization
  • Trained volunteers in digitization, copyright, and metadata best practices

Dissertators United, Text & Academic Authors Association Chapter
Chapter Organizer and Chair, April 2014-May 2015

  • Administered monthly two-day virtual dissertation writing boot camps
  • Created accountability structures for dissertation writers
  • Offered webinars on visual thinking, goal setting, and overcoming procrastination and perfectionism in writing

H-Net, Online
Network Developer, August 2013-January 2015

  • Trained 200 network editors and facilitated digital project creation on Drupal platform
  • Fostered innovation and collaboration among editors within and across networks
  • Formulated a digital workspace for editors

Communication and Brand Strategy, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Liaison to Governmental Affairs and Digital Marketing Strategist,
MI Spartan Impact, March-August 2013

  • Devised social media and marketing strategy for MI Spartan Impact
  • Promoted initiative to statewide media sources, legislators, and key stakeholders using databases I created in Vocus
  • Created and managed social media accounts

MATRIX, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Cultural Heritage Informatics Fellow, September 2012-August 2013

  • Enhanced coding skills, using and conceptualizing digital humanities tools, and data visualization
  • Developed geospatial and temporal exhibits of historic data and sources
  • Crafted a high-impact academic website:

Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada
“Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices,” Participant, June 2015

Colonialism Through the Veil:
Creator and Author, 2012-Present

Cultural Heritage Informatics Blog:
Author, August 2012 – August 2013

Inside Higher Ed blog – GradHacker:
Author and Guest Editor, 2012- December 2014


Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
Google Drive, Analytics, Fusion Tables
Content Management Systems WordPress, Drupal, ANGEL, Blackboard, Cascade, Vocus, Sakai, BePress, Canvas
Media Production Audacity, Camtasia, Jing, TimelineJS
Web Design Host/FTP, Wireframes, Basic HTML & CSS
Languages JavaScript, Ruby, Python
Data Analysis MALLET, Palladio, Zotero, Evernote, Scrivener, DevonThink, SPSS,Max QDA, Atlast.ti
Data Visualization Omeka, Neatline, Mapbox, CMap, Basic ArcGIS, MyHistro


Ohio Valley-Great Lakes Ethnohistory Archive
Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Fellow, Bloomington, Indiana, August 2013

Chateau de Vincennes, Paris, France
Dissertation Research, October 2012

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
Dissertation Research, September 2012-October 2012.

Centre des Archives d’outre-mer, Aix-en-Provence, France
Dissertation Research, April 2012-September 2012.

Newberry Library, Chicago, IL
Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Visiting Researcher, Fall 2011

Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies, Graduate Student Summer Institute
Graduate Student Fellow, 18 July 2011 – 12 August 2011

  • Examined French attitudes and perceptions of American Indian women in the Illinois Country between 1670 and 1700, the transformation of official policy on intermarriage, and local relationships between French men and Amerindian women.
  • Employed the Newberry library’s Ayer, Graff, and general collections to analyze travel narratives, memoirs, colonial official reports and correspondence, and the writings of missionaries, as well as nineteenth-century ethnographic studies, histories, and recent scholarship on New France.

Michigan State University, Teaching Innovation Program
Teaching Liaison Coordinator, Research Assistantship, June 2009 – June 2010

  • Researched methods of best practice in large lecture courses and presented findings to faculty members and graduate students through a series of workshops
  • Facilitated professional learning communities that focused on pedagogy in the college classroom

Undergraduate Honors Thesis
A Study of the Teaching Methods of High School History Teachers.

  • Conducted a qualitative study that examined the pedagogy of three high school history teachers and the extent to which their methods exhibit best practices suggested in recent scholarship.
  • Administered a questionnaire based on a five point Likert scale, observed, and interviewed three teachers to discover their most common teaching methods and determine reasons why they chose the methods used.

Western Michigan University, Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum
Research Assistant, October 2004 – August 2005

  • Researched sources on behalf of the Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum to obtain information on instruments used in mathematics curriculum studies.
  • Collaborated with researchers from two other universities to create a national online database of research on mathematics curricula.

Western Michigan University, Core-Plus Mathematics Project (Longitudinal Study
         Research Assistant, September 2002 – October 2004

  • Collected and analyzed data on student learning and pedagogy from the Core-Plus Mathematics Project’s first longitudinal study.
  • Synthesized findings, employing qualitative descriptions and quantitative methods, such as statistical analysis using SPSS software.


Ashley Wiersma,  “A Study of the Teaching Methods of High School History Teachers,”  The Social Studies 99, no. 3 (2008): 111-116.


Ashley Sanders, Between Two Fires: The Origins of Settler Colonialism in the United States and French Algeria, University of Nebraska Press. Proposal under review.


English, French, Arabic, Spanish


  • “Expanding DH Capacity Through Strategic Partnerships in the Liberal Arts College Library,” Digital Library Federation Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference, Milwaukee, WI (November 6, 2016)
  • “Building Capacity for DH Work in the Library and Beyond,” Digital Initiatives Symposium, San Diego California (April 17, 2016).
  • “Designing a Digital Incubator,” SCELC, Los Angeles, California (March 6, 2016).
  • “Building a DH Community of Practice in the Liberal Arts College Library,” Digital Library Federation Forum Liberal Arts College Preconference, Vancouver, BC, Canada (October 25, 2015).
  • “Librarians Teaching Professors: Reaching Overlooked Adult Learners,” Summer Teaching Retreat for Librarians, Santa Ana College, California (July 23, 2015).
  • “Designing Digitally Infused Courses,” Claremont Colleges DH Spring Symposium, Claremont, California (February 20, 2015).
  • “Digital Historical Research: Problems and Possibilities,” American Historical Association Conference, New York, New York (January 2-5, 2015).
  • “Exploring the Benefits and Challenges of Digital Art History with Robert Motherwell,” Art Historians of Southern California Conference, Los Angeles, California (October 18, 2014).
  • “Conquering Land, Settling People: Technologies of Rule in Algeria, 1840-1873,” Society for French Historical Studies Annual Conference, Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 4-6, 2013).
  • “Civilization, American Indians, and the Noble Savage Myth in French Colonial and American Discourses,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico (November 16, 2012).



  • 2013-2015 – Graduate Assistantship – Michigan State University
  • 2013 – Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Fellowship
  • 2012-2013 – Cultural Heritage Informatics Fellowship
  • 2011 – CIC-American Indian Studies Consortium Fellowship
  • 2011 – Summer “Seed Money” Grant, MSU Department of History
  • 2010-2011 – Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) -Arabic
  • 2010 – Summer Research and Language Training Fellowship
  • 2008-2010 – Graduate Assistantship – Michigan State University
  • 2009 – Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) -Arabic
  • 2009 – Summer Research and Language Training Fellowship
  • 2005 & 2006 – Fred A. Beeler Memorial Scholarship (Mathematics)
  • 2006 – Bruce Clarke Senior Honorable Mention (Mathematics)
  • 2006 – Knauss-Burnham Senior Award (History)
  • 2005 – Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Grant


  • American Library Association, 2015 – Present
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, 2011 – Present
  • Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture, 2009 – Present
  • Middle East Studies Association, 2009 – Present
  • American Historical Association. 2007 – Present
  • Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2007 – Present
  • American Institute for Maghrib Studies, 2009 – 2015
  • Society for French Historical Studies, 2013 – 2015
  • Western Society for French History, 2012 – 2015
  • Society of Early Americanists, 2012 – 2015
  • French Colonial History Society, 2011 – 2015
  • American Studies Association, 2011 – 2013
  • Association for Middle East Women’s Studies, 2009 – 2015
  • Organization of American Historians, 2007 – 2015


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