- First Name
- Last Name
- United States
- VA Virginia
- George Mason University
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- US Navy, Barbary Wars, First Barbary War, diplomacy, nineteenth century, early republic, United States, print culture, newspapers, digital history, research management
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- About Me
Abigail Mullen is currently a term assistant professor in the history department at George Mason University. She completed a PhD in history from Northeastern University in 2017. Her book (under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press), A Difficult Undertaking: Conflict and Cooperation in the First Barbary War, 1801-1805, approaches the early American navy from the perspective of international relations and everyday interactions that made the navy’s war in the Mediterranean possible.
At GMU, Mullen teaches digital history and military history courses on both the graduate and undergraduate level. Her focus is on expanding students’ ways of telling historical stories using digital methods. She is the PI on Tropy, a Mellon-funded software project at the Roy Rosenweig Center for History and New Media that provides researchers with a way to organize and describe their research photos. She is also the PI on an NEH-funded Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, Digital Methods for Military History, which will take place in summer 2021.
Mullen was an inaugural Fellow at Northeastern’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, where she worked as a research assistant on the Viral Texts project. Her research into 19th-century print networks has resulted in two peer-reviewed co-authored publications in leading literary journals, as well as numerous conference presentations. She also organized and wrote a grant for an NEH-funded workshop to teach military historians tools for digital history.
- Recent Publications
‘Fugitive Verses’: Poetry, Attribution, and Circulation in Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers,” with Ryan Cordell, in American Periodicals (Spring 2017).
“Computational Methods for Uncovering Reprinted Texts in Antebellum Newspapers,” with David Smith and Ryan Cordell, online in American Literary History 27.3 (August 2015).
- Media Coverage
- Country Focus
- United States
- Expertise by Geography
- Atlantic, Mediterranean, United States
- Expertise by Chronology
- 18th century, 19th century
- Expertise by Topic
- American Founding Era, Computational, Diplomacy, Libraries & Archives, Military, Public History