Jacqueline Hettel

How do you Define DH?

To me, DH embodies research, teaching, and scholarship that is primarily focused on the intersection and relationship of the digital and the humanities.


Stanford University Libraries


I am the Linguistics, Philosophy, and Textual Research Librarian for Stanford University Libraries. I received my PhD in English from the University of Georgia in May 2013, where I specialized in Digital Humanities, Corpus Linguistics, and Rhetoric and Composition. My dissertation was an analysis of the language of the nuclear power industry by sampling publicly available through the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s web-based database and then performing statistical calculations to identify if variation was present from both the geographical and social dimensions. (The answer is yes! Domain-specific language like that of the government-regulated nuclear power industry does exhibit both geographic and industry group variation for even the most high level key words for the industry.) Before moving to Stanford, I was the Chief Graduate Research Assistant at the Linguistic Atlas Projects and also have an interest in research surrounding the preservation of legacy linguistic data, digital approaches to word geography, and sociolinguistic variation. Here at Stanford, I primarily spend most of my time working on DH-oriented projects like creating digital resources for humanities scholarship, consulting with faculty and students on their projects, leveraging my text mining and analysis skills to do scholarly research in the library, and providing support for students wanting to pursue #alt-ac careers or who want to develop “real world” skills that both apply to humanities projects and belong on a resume.