Research

I am trained as a scholar of digital humanities and a historian of United States history, the history of medicine, and the history of reading. My dissertation research focused on the history of bibliotherapy, or the use of books as medicine. I am at work on a history of bibliotherapy in the United States and share my portions of my research on bibliotherapy through digital exhibits produced at www.bookasmedicine.com

I also run Bibliotherapy-List, a Google Group listserv on bibliotherapy. This group shares research, scholarship, and questions about bibliotherapy. It is intended for those studying the history of what is now called bibliotherapy, and for those invested in its current practice in a multitude of contexts and forums from private therapy, public libraries, and beyond. To join, request access here.

My research interests include:

  • Digital storytelling
  • The cultivation of empathy through digital storytelling
  • Community engagement through digital humanities
  • Audio (oral histories/podcasting/storytelling) as a process and product in undergraduate DH education
  • Open Educational Resources
  • The history of bibliotherapy
  • The history of medical humanities
  • Uses of storytelling in medical humanities

Here is some of my writing on these topics:

“When Love Stories Became Medicine for Warworn Soldiers” Lady Science no. 57 (June 2019)

“From Library War Service to Science: Bibliotherapy in World War I.” Archives and Special Collections Blog. University of Connecticut. April 12, 2017.

“Prescribing from the Bookshelf: S. Weir Mitchell and the Therapeutic Use of Restricting Reading.” Fugitive Leaves: A blog from The Historical Medical Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. April 12, 2016.