I am an anthropologist dedicated to engaging the public online, leveraging digital tools for outreach and education, and helping others to design and implement their own digital identities, strategies and projects. I have diverse experience using digital tools and methods in research and engagement. Digital projects that I’ve worked on include development of two educational video games, numerous social media strategies and campaigns, open cemetery web map, and location based cultural heritage mobile application. For the past seven years, I have been a digital consultant, teaching individuals how to leverage online tools to improve their digital presence, develop websites, create web maps, and more.
Currently, I’m applying my skills in digital engagement, education, and community outreach to the cultural heritage sector as a staff member at the George Eastman Museum. Here, I’m the enthusiastic ambassador for the institution, using everything from the primary website, social media, online collections, and mobile website to engage with audiences around the world and on site. I’m always researching and looking for unique opportunities and innovative new ways to connect with our community, whether here in Rochester or online.
My Ph.D. research examined the diverse burial practices of the early medieval period in England, and my M.Sc. investigated vitamin D deficiency in post-modern London. Beyond this, I have a strong interest in cemeteries as cultural heritage sites, and engaging the public on discussions about death and burial. I am the creator and author of the internationally recognized blog, Bones Don’t Lie, a mortuary archaeology and bioarchaeology news and commentary website.
I am also the co-creator and co-editor for GradHacker, an Inside Higher Ed blog written for graduate students and by graduate students around the world. GradHacker provides a digital community for graduate students to learn how to ‘hack’ grad school and improve their experience.