Katherine O'Flaherty

How do you Define DH?

I’ve always liked the Stanford Humanities Center definition of humanities: “the study of how people process and document the human experience. Since humans have been able, we have used philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language to understand and record our world. . . Knowledge of these records of human experience gives us the opportunity to feel a sense of connection to those who have come before us, as well as to our contemporaries.” I think this works for digital humanities too.


Arizona State University


I am an Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. I’m an immigration historian and hold a Ph.D. in History and a C.A.S. degree in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Maine. I primarily research immigration and refugee history from World War II to the present and my interests focus on the Cold War and changing social and political ideas about refugees and immigrants. I’m currently researching mid-20th century Chinese immigrants in rural New England and will be turning next to a much different project concerning asylum, extradition and deportation in the 1980s and 1990s. My other major research projects concern technology and the liberal arts. I recently published an article titled “‘Inviting Coworkers’: Linking Scholars of Atlantic Canada on the Twitter Backchannel” (with Robert Gee) in Acadiensis. I’m an avid blogger and was selected as a Digital Humanities Award Winner for one of my curated projects last year.