I am an anthropologist dedicated to engaging the public online, leveraging digital tools for outreach and education, and helping others to design and implement their own digital identities, strategies and projects. I have diverse experience using digital tools and methods in research and engagement, particularly for cultural heritage and education. Digital projects that I’ve worked on include development of an educational computer game, open cemetery web map, and location based cultural heritage mobile application. For the past five years, I have been a digital consultant, teaching individuals how to leverage online tools to improve their digital presence, develop websites, create web maps, and more.
My other passion is for cultural heritage- particularly examining the ways that death and funerals in the past can teach us about life. My Ph.D. research examined the diverse burial practices of the early medieval period in England, and my M.Sc. investigated vitamin D deficiency in post-modern London. Beyond this, I have a strong interest in cemeteries as cultural heritage sites, and engaging the public on discussions about death and burial. I am the creator and author of the internationally recognized blog, Bones Don’t Lie, a mortuary archaeology and bioarchaeology news and commentary website.
I am also the co-creator and co-editor for GradHacker, an Inside Higher Ed blog written for graduate students and by graduate students around the world. GradHacker provides a digital community for graduate students to learn how to ‘hack’ grad school and improve their experience.