Completed or Ongoing Projects
Zapruder World is both an Open Access History journal and a global network of historians and political activists. The journal aspires to “transform the way we look at history, the way historical research is organized, and the way historical knowledge is transmitted from one generation to another.” In addition to my ongoing responsibilities as a Managing Editor, I oversaw the development of the journal’s Drupal-based CMS (Content Management System) website and our typesetted print-version template.
The #NewFascismSyllabus is a crowd-sourced collection of writings on the history of fascist, populist, and authoritarian movements and governments during the 20th and 21st centuries. The syllabus is intended as an entryway into the scholarly literature for those seeking deeper insights into how past societies gravitated towards and experienced varieties of right-wing authoritarianism.
Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History (Oxford University Press, 2011)
A promotional website for Trevor Getz’s Abina and the Important Men. In addition to providing users with a collection of scholarly book reviews of Abina, media coverage of the book’s publication, and a general description of the book’s contents, Abina‘s companion website features an interactive timeline, a collection of additional primary sources on the topic of slavery in West Africa, high-resolution maps, PowerPoint presentations, and sample lesson plans for any professor interested in using Abina in his or her own classroom.
* Note: This website is no longer online (in its original form).
Since I began gathering these materials from the walls and alleyways of Rome’s predominantly neo-fascist quartieri, I have accumulated quite the collection, amounting to nearly 40 different full-sized posters. In addition to collecting the posters themselves, I have also kept detailed notes on the dates, times, locations, and conditions of the surroundings from which I’ve collected them. Over the coming year, I intend to put all of these materials and accompanying information together as an Omeka-based digital collections website — a #DigitalHistory project.
Ruth Williams Ricci – a Fascist sympathizer from New York City who served both as a volunteer nurse in the Italian Red Cross and, later, as a freelance journalist during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War – toured throughout East and North Africa, participated in or witnessed many of Fascist Italy’s military and colonial campaigns, and had personal contacts among the regime’s highest generals and officials. Once completed, this “digital volume” will feature the (un)published book chapters, essays, speeches, and letters that Ricci composed between 1935 and 1941 in defense of both Fascism and Italian colonialism for a largely American readership. Additionally, the volume will feature a range of other relevant primary sources, such as transcripts of Ricci’s recently discovered FBI files and documents from Fascist Italy’s Ministry of Popular Culture pertaining to Ricci’s pro-Italian propaganda campaigns in Italy and the United States. Finally, the volume will include a variety of digital tools and resources, such as interactive maps of Ricci’s travels, a comprehensive timeline, and a photo gallery, each of which will serve as “portals” into the collection of Ricci’s writings. Following contemporary trends in Digital History, the volume’s resources will be hyperlinked together as a “web” of connectivity and interactivity, allowing the reader to move seamlessly, and in a non-linear fashion, between interactive companion resources, primary source documents, and secondary (or editorial) vignettes.