How We Work Series

The Center for Digital Humanities, in collaboration with GradFUTURES, is excited to launch How We Work, a new event series centered around the theme of academic work. What does it mean to work in “alternative” academia? What does it mean to pursue “traditional” academic jobs in today’s changing educational landscape? Breaking down the barrier between traditional and alternative, the series invites CDH staffers and postdocs to have open and honest conversations about their jobs, how they got there, and how they get them done.

These informal and interactive sessions will be held on Zoom and are open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in all departments.


Our first event, on March 4, from 12:00 to 1:20 pm, will feature a conversation between CDH postdoctoral fellow Zoe LeBlanc and former postdoctoral fellow Jim Casey. Discussion will center on the postdoc experience and on the journey from graduate school, to postdoc, to professorship.

Zoe LeBlanc earned her Ph.D. in history from Vanderbilt University and is Postdoctoral Associate and Weld Fellow at the CDH.

Jim Casey earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Delaware and is now assistant research professor of African American Studies and managing director of the Center for Black Digital Research at Penn State University.

Our second event, on April 13, from 12:00 to 1:20 pm, will feature a conversation between the CDH's Rebecca Munson and Grant Wythoff. Discussion will center on how Rebecca and Grant transitioned from humanities graduate students to CDH staff members and on what it means to teach, publish, and produce academic events in a nontraditional and collaborative environment like the CDH.

Rebecca Munson earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She is Project and Education Coordinator at the CDH.

Grant Wythoff earned his Ph.D. in English from Princeton. He is Digital Humanities Strategist at the CDH.