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Matt Hannah, Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies

Matt Hannah

Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities Matt Hannah has been busily laying the foundation for an ongoing and robust discussion about digital humanities (DH) and to advance digital scholarship overall at Purdue. Since he started at Purdue in March 2018, he has put together and delivered many DH workshops and contributed to many digital scholarship projects and efforts on campus, and is developing a DH Studio in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education (HSSE) Library.

Recently, he also launched the Digital Interest Group at Purdue, which will meet monthly. Group members will discuss key scholarship ideas, projects, and concepts in DH, computational social sciences, Critical Data Studies, science and technology studies, digital history, data science, and more. The first meeting is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11; visit http://bit.ly/dhigpurdue to sign up for the group (location to TBD). According to Hannah (who goes by @TinkeringHuman on Twitter), the group will also tinker with various methodologies and tools, write and share code, and discuss digital projects.

“We imagine this interest group will become a hub for anyone at Purdue interested in digital scholarship broadly conceived,” he noted.

In addition to advancing DH at Purdue, Hannah will advance DH internationally, as he has recently accepted a fellowship as a Fulbright Specialist with a few institutions in Morocco to set up a DH boot camp for digital scholars there.

Below, Hannah shares more about his upcoming fellowship and the DH work he will be doing in Morocco over the next three years.

Q. How did you come to know about this opportunity?

Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies Matt Hannah works in the programming language R in his office in the DH Studio located in the HSSE Library. In the spring of 2019, offered a text analysis workshop series using R.

Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies Matt Hannah works in the programming language R in his office in the DH Studio located in the HSSE Library. In the spring of 2019, he offered a text analysis workshop series using R.

Hannah: Because of the work we’ve been doing in Digital Humanities at Purdue, I was contacted by Dr. Stacy Holden, an associate professor of history at Purdue, who specializes in the Middle East. She has been working in Morocco for many years, and she’s currently there on a Fulbright fellowship. She articulated an interest in Digital Humanities among faculty and staff she’s collaborated with in Morocco and suggested I apply for a Fulbright Specialist fellowship to organize intensive Digital Humanities workshops to be conducted over several days. I then worked with Dr. Christopher Lukasic to prepare an application, and, for a time, we weren’t sure whether our idea would be successful.

Q. You mentioned you will work with individuals in institutions in Morocco to set up a Digital Humanities boot camp. Tell me more about this project and/or projects. What will they entail?

Hannah: Fulbright Specialists serve shorter terms, generally around a particular project in which an expert in the field may be paired with an overseas institution to collaborate. Through Dr. Holden’s contacts in Morocco, I’ve been in communication with colleagues at Abdelmalek Essaadi University in Tétouan and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane to arrange week-long intensive Digital Humanities workshops. These workshops will cover the range of possible tools and methods so participants will gain a wide ranging set of skills in DH by the end of the week. In addition, I will coordinate with faculty and staff to consult on existing projects and initiatives.

Q. What do you hope to achieve with your boot camps?

Hannah: I am hoping to develop great relationships with Moroccan digital humanists and develop a strong network of international collaboration around the topic of digital scholarship. In addition, I plan to consult with faculty working on DH projects and lend assistance where I can. Finally, I hope to develop an intensive curriculum that I can teach at other universities around the world. I’m grateful to Fulbright for making such international relationships possible.

Q. What is the timeline for your boot camps over the next three years? Any collaborators you want to recognize, share information about?

Hannah: I’d love to visit other universities in Morocco to conduct similar workshops. Often, Digital Humanities gets discussed as though it were only an Anglo-American phenomenon, when we know scholars around the world are doing dynamic and exciting work. I also hope to develop this boot camp series into an offering I can teach at other international universities and colleges, as well as offer to interested parties at Purdue.

Q. Any other information that will be important to include that isn’t touched on the questions above?

Hannah: One key aspect of the Fulbright role is to gain knowledge from my hosts. I’m very much looking forward to discovering what Digital Humanities looks like in the Moroccan context and, through a process of collaboration, to expand my own scholarly horizons through the sustained conversations made possible by the Fulbright program.

For more information about DH at Purdue, contact Hannah at hannah8@purdue.edu.

The Tinkering Humanist Workshop Series sponsored by Purdue University Libraries

Registration for each workshop is required and available online at https://bit.ly/2Jja8m6. Please complete one registration form for each workshop you plan to attend.

One of the hallmarks of Digital Humanities is the notion of “tinkering,” of exploring new tools and technologies that faculty and educators can use in their scholarship and teaching. In a series of workshops sponsored by Purdue University Libraries, Purdue Libraries Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities Matthew Hannah (based in the Humanities, Social Science, and Education, or HSSE, Library) will introduce you to these new tools and discuss some ways to implement them in your research and pedagogy.

The individual workshop descriptions, with time/date location information, are listed below. All workshops are open free to Purdue University faculty members, students (undergraduate and graduate), and staff members, but registration is required and is available online at https://bit.ly/2Jja8m6. Please complete one registration form for each workshop you plan to attend.

Purdue Libraries Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities Matt Hannah

Purdue Libraries Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities Matt Hannah

Topic Modelling with Voyant Tools

3-4:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 27
Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC) 3045

Have you ever wished you could simply press a button and see the major topics of a novel or book of poetry? With this workshop on Voyant Tools, you can easily create topic models of any text. A topic model shows the most frequently used words in any given body of text, which allows scholars and teachers to design interesting and innovative lesson plans. Professor Hannah will begin with a discussion of “data” in the humanities, and he will direct you to some great online resources for accessing the plain text documents you will need for analysis. Workshop participants will then create a topic model of a corpus of poems, including word frequencies, text visualizations, and word tracking. Instructor will provide text to analyze. No technical expertise required. Register (required) at https://bit.ly/2Jja8m6.

Social Network Analysis Using Gephi

3-4:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 11
WALC 3045
Social network analysis is one of the growing areas in Digital Humanities research. Scholars and teachers are increasingly looking for easy-to-use software to visualize connections and relationships. In this workshop, you will learn the basic theory behind social network analysis including how to generate and insert data. We will create visualizations of some data provided by the instructor or you can bring your own! We will conclude by considering the pedagogical possibilities of social network analysis for the humanities classroom. No technical expertise required. Register (required) at https://bit.ly/2Jja8m6.

Digital Publishing with Scalar

3-4:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 25
WALC 3045
If you have ever wished you could have your students build a multimedia project for your class but weren’t sure how to do it, this workshop is for you! We will discuss the basics of Scalar, a free software platform for innovative digital publishing. With Scalar, you can add photos, text, music, videos, and other media to an essay, creating a hyperlinked rhizomatic publication that fully immerses the reader in a topic through a multitude of media. Even more exciting, Scalar allows you to visualize your materials, and we will consider the ways that adding quantitative data to your project’s benefits or detracts from your work. Because Scalar is so widely adopted by online repositories such as Hathi Trust, you can access the materials in the workshop or bring your own. We will also discuss the pedagogical possibilities for Scalar and look at some sample student projects. Materials needed: digital objects videos, sound files, and pictures. No technical expertise required. Register (required) at https://bit.ly/2Jja8m6.

Mapping Time with Timemapper

3-4:45 p.m. Wednesday, August 1
WALC 3045
Timelines are important components of humanities education and research. Whether charting the transmission of knowledge or the march of history, timelines allow us to visualize vast periods of time into easy-to-read infographics. With this workshop, participants will create their own timeline visualizations using Timemapper, a free and accessible timeline software. The skills you learn here will allow you to assign your students new explorations into the humanities and social sciences. No technical expertise required. Register (required) at https://bit.ly/2Jja8m6.

Digital Archiving with Omeka

3-4:45 p.m. Wednesday, August 22
WALC 3045

Have you ever wanted to incorporate archival research into your classroom? With Omeka’s free archiving platform, you can assign students to upload content and create their own archives. This easy-to-use platform offers exciting possibilities for your lesson plans, allowing students to explore original material using the Dublin Core metadata standards used by libraries and museums for digital content. In this workshop, we will discuss what Dublin Core is and how to access and use Omeka. Each participant will bring three digital items (music, video, PDFs, texts) to begin creating an original archive, and we will discuss the various metadata categories, as well as the plug-ins, offered by Omeka. Materials needed: 3 digital items. No technical expertise required. Register (required) at https://bit.ly/2Jja8m6.

For more information, contact Hannah at hannah8@purdue.edu.


July 22nd, 2016


Happy Summer! We hope you are taking time to enjoy the sunshine and catch up on some reading.

It is an exciting time for the Press. We have released many new titles in the past several months and want to provide you a quick review. From Languages and Literature to Regional books on Purdue and Indiana we have great new reads.

Regional: Purdue & Indiana

Languages and Literature // Jewish Studies

Veterinary Sciences & Animal Studies

Business // Library Sciences

Regional: Purdue & Indiana

Our regional titles showcase the history and beauty of Indiana. Enjoy stunning photos of Indiana’s striking landscapes and scenery. Adventure into outer space with the memoirs of one of Indiana and Purdue’s first astronauts. Dig deeper into our agricultural history and learn about extension farming.

Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom


“George Leopold’s Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom rescues its subject’s reputation by presenting his life and career in full. The book is fascinating and haunting, and its impressive research exonerates Grissom from the charge of being a hapless astronaut who, in his peers’ parlance, ‘screwed the pooch’ . . . thrillingly told, taking readers into the cosmos with Grissom, conveying the sense of wonder and danger that accompanied these early voyages.”

The Wall Street Journal

Calculated Risk is an Official Endorsed Legacy Project for Indiana’s Bicentennial.



Enriching the Hoosier Farm Family:  A Photo History of Indiana’s Early County Extension Agents


Indiana’s rich agricultural history is brought to life in this new regional book. Follow the story of early extension agents on their journey through rural Indiana in never before seen photos.  These agents worked hand in hand with local farmers to improve agricultural practices across the state with research from Purdue and other institutions. This book is an officially endorsed legacy project for Indiana’s Bicentennial.



SlowBall Cartoonist: The Extraordinary Life of Indiana Native and Pulitzer Prize Winner John T. McCutcheon of the Chicago Tribune


“Tony Garel-Frantzen sketches a vivid portrait of iconic cartoonist and correspondent John T. McCutcheon during a time when newsprint left an indelible mark on the public consciousness.”

–Tom Wolfermann, Chicago Essayist and Humanist







Forthcoming September 2016!  A Place Called Turkey Run: A Celebration of Indiana’s Second State Park in Photographs and Words


“Daniel Shepardson has created a masterpiece of stunning photography coupled with a narrative which explains the natural history of one of Indiana’s most beloved parks.”

–Daniel W. Bortner, Director, Indiana State Parks

A Place Called Turkey Run is an Official Endorsed Legacy Project for Indiana’s Bicentennial.




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Languages and Literature // Jewish Studies

We have published a wide range of books in Languages and Literature. Discover the humanistic perspectives of terrorism or the secularization of modern French Literature.

Learn more of life within the Jewish Labor Bund during interwar Poland in our newest book in Jewish Studies.

Re-Visioning Terrorism: A Humanistic Perspective


This collection of interdisciplinary essays offers a broad range of perspectives on terrorism. It provides philosophical interpretations, historical analysis, and narrative representations of terror in a modern light.

“This work is significant to both scholarship and public enlightenment insofar as it touches upon a topic that, in the current period of world instability, has never been more timely, and analyzes it with an innovative approach.”

Nicoletta Pireddu, Associate Professor, Department of Italian and Comparative Literature Program Georgetown University



Reconsidering the Emergence of the Gay Novel in English and German

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“In Reconsidering the Emergence of the Gay Novel in English and German, James P. Wilper presents a freshly nuanced view of gay literature at what was, arguably, the most crucial time in its development. By the simple expedient of comparing four distinctive novels, two in English and two in German, Wilper gets to the heart of a debate that resonates even today. Wilper’s subtle and economical book casts light not only on their fiction, but on the social history it represents.”

–Gregory Woods, Nottingham Trent University




Confronting Evil: The Psychology of Secularization in Modern French Literature

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“This book is a fascinating study of how four influential modern French authors have wrestled with spirituality and secularization in coming to grips with the problem of evil.”

–Johnathan Krell, University of Georgia







Forthcoming August 2016! Cultural Exchanges between Brazil and France

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Explore the historic relationship between France and Brazil through original interdisciplinary essays. This is the first and only collection of studies between the two nations that addresses their interactions in various disciplines and discourses. It broadens the global perspectives in the field of international relations.







Twenty Years with the Jewish Labor Bund: A Memoir of Interwar Poland

“Marvin S. Zuckerman’s translation will do enormous good for historians in Poland. Many of them will be able to read Goldstein’s book, informing themselves not only about the Bund, but about prewar Warsaw, including Prague, Targowek, and Powazki. For most people, it is easier to read English than Yiddish, and because it is originally in Yiddish, this important book is very little known.”


–Dr. Martyna Rusiniak-Karwat, Polish Academy of Sciences







Veterinary Science and Animal Studies

Understand the human-animal bond and the politics surrounding our four-legged companions in our new books a part within the category of Veterinary Studies. Be prepared for veterinary school and the requirements necessary for admission.

 Free Market Dogs opens our minds to the dramatic changes in Polish people’s relationships with dogs following the fall of communist control of Eastern Europe, when Western ideas poured into Poland after years of restriction. Readers will be surprised by the ways that culture, nationality, and legislation can dramatically change how we think about and experience our so often intimate relationships with dogs, and moved by the deep feelings that are present in our centuries-old friendship with them. While maintaining a focus on Poland, Free Market Dogs delivers a story of universal appeal to those who love dogs.”

–Robert W. Mitchell, Foundation Professor of Psychology and Animal Studies, Eastern Kentucky University


Pet Politics: The Political and Legal Lives of Cats, Dogs, and Horses in Canada and the United States


“By concentrating specifically on companion animals, Professors Hunter and Brisbin provide a unique and insightful contribution to the burgeoning field of human-animal studies. In addition to its scholarly impact, this book is ideal for graduate or upper-level undergraduate courses in political science, sociology, and human-animal studies.”

–Steven Tauber, Chair, Department of Government & International Affairs, University of South Florida, and author of Navigating the Jungle: Law, Politics, and the Animal Advocacy Movement




Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements: 2016 Edition for 2017 Matriculation

“We understand that getting started and making sense of all the choices and requirements can be challenging, but you’ve come to the right place by accessing this publication, which provides the essential information you need to begin your journey.”

–Dr. Andrew McCabe, Executive Director of AAVMC





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Business // Library Sciences

The newest books on Business and Library Sciences provide an understanding of research, teaching, and management.

Project & Program Management: A Competency Based Approach, Third Edition

In its 3rd Edition, Project and Program Management sheds light on new insights gained from teaching and research. This edition focuses more on the qualitative nature of program management to broaden the readers understanding of key concepts. It also uses learning scenarios to show different approaches to instruction.






Laying the Foundation: Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries 

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Laying the Foundation: Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries is the approachable collection of digital humanities writings we’ve been waiting for. All types of librarians interacting with the humanities will find this book a practical reference and a step toward the future. Laying the Foundation further introduces digital humanities as a function of all libraries-for the good of our collective future. The experiences and case studies contributed to this book will no doubt become the building blocks of programs in public and academic libraries.”

–Emma Molls Scholarly Communication and Social Sciences & Humanities Librarian Iowa State University Library





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