Participant Info

First Name
Megan
Last Name
Brett
Affiliation
George Mason University
Website URL
http://meganrbrett.net/
Keywords
family strategies, early republic, digital humanities, digital history, national identity
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About Me

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University, focusing on the Early American Republic (1780-1830). My dissertation examines the intersection of family strategies and the formation of national identity for Americans abroad in the post revolutionary period, using the Maury family of Virginia and Liverpool as a case study. My scholarly interests include the long eighteenth century in the British Atlantic, material culture, and families as networks.

I am a practicing digital public historian. Through my position as a Digital History Associate at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, I have contributed to content-focused projects such as the award-winning Histories of the National Mall website, the Papers of the War Department community transcription project, and the podcast Consolation Prize. In this position, particularly for the Omeka team, I have developed and conducted training workshops for a variety of skill levels.

I am committed to accessibility above and beyond the baseline of legal requirements, and inspired by Roy Rosenzweig’s wish to “democratize the study of the past”.

Recent Publications

With Mills Kelly and Jessica Otis. “Reframing the Conversation: Digital Humanities, Disabilities, and Accessibility.” In Debates in the Digital Humanities 2022, edited by Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein. Minneapolis; London: University of Minnesota Press, 2022. (forthcoming)

With Miriam Posner. “Creating an Omeka Exhibit.” The Programming Historian. February 24, 2016. Last modified May 25, 2017. https://programminghistorian.org/lessons/creating-an-omeka-exhibit.

“Topic Modeling: A Basic Introduction.” Journal of Digital Humanities 2:1 (Winter 2012)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, North America
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, Family, Public History