Sects Ed

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Sects Ed is an independently produced podcast exploring the history of cults, heresies, and new religious movements. It is meant to inform both an academic and general audience how the world viewed members of unorthodox faiths and how they viewed themselves. Since launching the podcast in February 2017, I have co-hosted every episode, researched and written at least one episode per month, and managed the show’s social media accounts.

Skin Deep

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Skin Deep is a website collaboratively created by students in the Michigan State University course HST 807: Immigration, Ethnicity, and Race in the United States. It features essays that utilize history to address contemporary issues related to American memory, race, immigration, and contested spaces to engage a general audience. I aided in the design of the website itself, and I contributed an essay entitled “Rethinking the ‘Red’ in ‘Redskins’: A Historical Perspective on Native American Mascot Controversies.”

Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project

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“The goal of the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project is to uncover the history of the acquisition and use of Loyola’s original library books.  It grew out of an initiative to reconstruct the earliest surviving library catalogue of St. Ignatius College (founded 1870), the forerunner to Loyola University Chicago.” – Joshua Arens

Between August 2014 and May 2016, I served as the coordinator of the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project. My chief responsibility was to generate metadata for the historic texts that undergraduate interns uncovered in Loyola University Chicago’s libraries. I then uploaded the metadata and corresponding images to the project’s Flickr site, which I promoted through social media. By managing all of this data, I was able ascertain how many surviving books came to St. Ignatius College from the Jesuit administrative center of the Missouri Vice Province (which later became the Missouri Province). I also wrote several pieces for the projects’s blog:

“‘This Book is Full of Lies’: A St. Ignatius College Student vs. the American Tract Society,” Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project, October 27, 2015.

“Horace on His Head: An Error in the St. Ignatius College Library,” Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project, August 17, 2015. 

“‘More Properly Rudeman’: Great Stories Behind Our Great Charters,” Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project, January 2, 2015.