ASHLEY SANDERS GARCIA, Ph.D.
asandersgarcia [at] ucla [dot] edu
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
- Ph.D. (History), August 2008 – May 2015 (GPA: 4.0)
- Dissertation Title: Between Two Fires: The Origins of Settler Colonialism in the United States and French Algeria (opens a PDF)
- Fields: American History,Women and Gender in the Modern Middle East, and Women and Gender in Modern Europe.
- Adviser: Dr. Peter Knupfer. Committee Members: Dr. Emine Evered, Dr. Leslie Moch, Dr. Mara Leichtman, and Dr. Mindy Morgan.
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)
Vice Chair of Digital Humanities, April 2018 – Present
- Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Digital Humanities program
- Advise undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the program
- Oversee the research mentorship and capstone requirements for the undergraduate and graduate program
The Claremont Colleges
Director, Digital Research Studio, December 2016 – May 2018
- Create and run undergraduate Digital Humanities (DH) research and education program
- Manage $1.5 million grant budget
- Provide digital project consultations for faculty and students
- Teach digital skill building workshops for faculty, students, librarians, and staff
- Supervise the Mellon DH Project Manager & oversee student worker program
Digital Humanities Consulting and Strategic Planning
Independent Consultant, April 2016 – Present
- Provide customized digital research and teaching tools workshops for colleges and universities
- Craft tailored strategic planning sessions for college and university DH and digital scholarship centers
- Draft reports and recommendations for college and university DH and digital scholarship centers
The Claremont Colleges Library
Digital Scholarship Coordinator, December 2015 – November 2016
- Provided more than 50 DH and digital scholarship project consultations each year
- Mobilized, 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 community 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
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
Joan K. Lippincott, Quinn Dombrowski, Ashley Sanders, et. al., “Building Capacity for Digital Humanities: A Framework for Institutional Planning,” EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research/Coalition for Networked Information (May 30, 2017). Available at: bit.ly/ECAR-DH
Ashley Sanders, et. al., “Librarians Doing DH: A Team and Project-Based Approach to Digital Humanities in the Library,” Collaborative Librarianship: 9, no. 2, Article 6 (2017). Available at: bit.ly/CollaborativeDH
Ashley Wiersma, “A Study of the Teaching Methods of High School History Teachers,” The Social Studies 99, no. 3 (2008): 111-116.
Ashley Sanders Garcia & David Shepard, Visualizing History’s Fragments: A Computational Approach to Humanistic Research, London: Emerald Press, Forthcoming.
Ashley Sanders Garcia, Between Two Fires: The Origins of Settler Colonialism in the United States and French Algeria, University of Nebraska Press. Proposal under review.
Ashley Sanders Garcia, et. al., “Building a DIY Community of Practice,” in Debates in DH: Institutions, Infrastructure at the Interstices, eds. Angel David Nieves, et. al. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Forthcoming).
Ashley Sanders Garcia, “Using Network Analysis to Identify Women’s Historic Socio-Political Roles: Beyond Named Entity Recognition,” Digital Humanities Quarterly, Article under review.
Ashley Sanders Garcia, “Imperial Margins: Ethnicity, Gender, and Identity in Ottoman-Algeria, 1518-1837.” Proposal under review with Stanford and Columbia University Presses.
William L. Clements Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Manuscript Research, August 2019
Huntington Library, Pasadena, California
Manuscript Research, February 2017-Present
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.
University of California, Los Angeles
Vice Chair, Digital Humanities Program, April 2018 – Present
- Introduction to DH (Fall 2018, Fall 2019)
- Power and Authority on the Early American Frontier: Explorations with Text Analysis (Winter 2019, Fall 2019)
- Digital Humanities Capstone: Creating an Early American History Dashboard (Fall 2019)
- Social Media Data Analytics (Spring 2019)
- Digital Humanities Capstone: Analyzing Native American Councils Computationally (Spring 2019)
- Independent Study: Topic Modeling & Sentiment Analysis (Winter – Spring 2019)
Claremont McKenna College
Visiting Professor, Digital Humanities, April 2017 – May 2018
- Global/Digital Shakespeare (Spring 2018)
- Digital Humanities Studio (Fall 2017): This course focuses on the history of the American Midwest between 1776 and 1795 and uses data mining, machine learning, and text analysis methods to explore eighteenth-century documents relating to the settlement of this region and relations between Native communities and settlers. Humanities and social science students will learn how to ask and answer specific scholarly questions about the texts through user-friendly tools and by working with computer science students to apply sophisticated methods of computational analysis.
Claremont Graduate University
Faculty, School of Arts and Humanities, May 2016 – Present
- Introduction to Digital Research Methods (Summer 2018)
- Text Analysis for Effective Research in the Digital Age (Fall 2017)
- New Worlds for All: Digital Humanities Research Methods in Settler Colonial Studies (Fall 2016)
- Research Independent study (Summer 2016)
- Introduction to Digital Humanities (Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2017)
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.
|Digital Research Specializations||Text mining and analysis, topic modeling, network analysis, statistical data analysis and visualization|
|Content Management Systems||GitHub (version control), WordPress, Drupal, ANGEL, Cascade, Vocus, Sakai, Canvas, Moodle|
|Media Production||Audacity, Camtasia, Jing, TimelineJS|
|Web Design||Host/FTP, Wireframes, Basic HTML & CSS|
|Data Analysis||NLTK, MALLET, Gephi, R, Voyant Tools, Lexos, Python|
|Data Visualization||Tableau, Palladio, Gephi, Neatline, CMap, MyHistro, Voyant Tools, Basic ArcGIS, R|
English, French, Arabic, Spanish
- “Text Mining and Meaning Making: Using Digital Tools to Uncover the History of Algerian Women in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire,” Renaissance Society of America, Philadelphia, PA (April 2-4, 2020).
- “Indigenous Persistence under American and French Settler Colonialism,” American Historical Association Conference, New York, NY (January 4, 2020).
- “Dependent Power: Ottoman Governors and Algerian Elites in Constantine, 1567-1837,” Middle East Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, LA (November 16, 2019).
- “From the Margins to the Center: A Method to Mine and Model Complex Relational Data from French Language Historical Texts,” Digital Humanities 2019, Utrecht, the Netherlands (July 11, 2019).
- “Setting up a Digital Humanities Curriculum or Certificate,” Renaissance Society of America, Toronto, Canada (March 19, 2019).
- “Visualizing the Birth of Settler Colonial Empires with Multimodal Digital Historical Research Methods,” DH Nord: (De)constructing Digital History, Lille, France (November 27-29, 2017).
- “Surfacing Indigenous Perspectives on the French Conquest of Algeria in a Graduate DH Course,” HASTAC Conference, Orlando, FL (November 2-4, 2017)
- “Gendering Labor in the Digital Humanities,” Berkshire Conference of the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities, Long Island, NY (June 1, 2017).
- “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).
SELECTED DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS
- “By the Numbers: Constantine Governors in Ottoman Algeria, 1567-1837,” Colonialism Through the Veil (1 October2018).
- “Midterm Reflections,” AshleyRSanders.com (17 October 2016).
- “Data Visualization with Historical Data,” Colonialism Through the Veil (27 July 2016).
- “Visualizing Spatiality in a Colonial Landscape,” Colonialism Through the Veil (10 February 2014).
- “Who and What to Follow in the Scholarly Digital World,” GradHacker, Inside Higher Ed (19 August 2013).
- “Tackling Productivity Challenges,” GradHacker (29 May 2013).
- “Creating a Course: Understanding By Design,” GradHacker (14 December 2012).
- “Crafting an Engaging Lecture,” GradHacker. (7 September 2012).
- Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), Publications Committee Chair, August 2017 – Present
- Claremont Graduate University NEH Planning Grant, Grant Writing Team Member, September 2017 – May 2018
- The Claremont Colleges Center for Teaching and Learning, Advisory Board Member, September 2016 – May 2018
- EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research/Coalition for Networked Information, Digital Humanities Working Group Member, March 2016 – May 2017
- Digital Humanities Now, http://digitalhumanitiesnow.org, Editor At Large, August 2017 & August 2014
- The Claremont Colleges Center for Teaching and Learning Planning Grant, Committee Member, June 2015 – August 2016
- Mellon Grant Writing Team Member, November 2015 – June 2016
- The Claremont Colleges Library, 2015 –2016
- Mellon DH Program Team Member and Grant Selection Committee Member
- Chair of Search Committee – Teaching & Learning Services Coordinator
- Library Undergraduate Research Award Selection Committee
- Dissertators United, Text & Academic Authors Association Chapter, Organizer and Chair, April 2014 – May 2015
ACADEMIC RECOGNITION AND AWARDS
- 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
- Professional and Organizational Development Network, 2017-Present
- Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, 2017-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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