RRCHNM welcomes Jessica Otis

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media are very happy to welcome Jessica Otis (@jotis13) to our ranks as a director, and as an assistant professor in the Department of History and Art History. Jessica comes to us from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was the Digital Humanities Specialist in the University Libraries.

Otis is a historian of early modern Britain, she received both a MS in Mathematics and a PhD in History from the University of Virginia. Subsequently, she was a CLIR-DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Early Modern Data Curation working on the NEH-funded Six Degrees of Francis Bacon at Carnegie Mellon University. She also co-founded the dSHARP digital scholarship center and the PGH|DH regional digital humanities group. Jessica’s research focuses on the cultural history of mathematics, cryptography, and plague in early modern England.

At RRCHNM, Otis will be a member of the senior staff, responsible for developing and leading projects, supervising staff, and contributing to the leadership of the Center. She will join Kelly Schrum leading the World History Commons project recently funded by the NEH Office of Digital Humanities.

Welcome Jessica!