The Peril and Promise of Historians as Data Creators: Perspective, Structure, and the Problem of Representation

[This is a working draft of a chapter in progress for an edited collection.] Data-Driven History Digital historians are well-familiar with notion that the larger community of historians generally has been skeptical of and cautious about data-driven scholarship. The controversies surrounding Robert Fogel and Stanley Engerman’s 1974 work, Time on the Cross: the Economics of American …

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Arts & Letters Scholars

Ampersand Typewriter Hammer Early last fall, our Director of Marketing and Communications, Ryan Kilcoyne, came to me with a pressing issue that required a decanal decision. “Should we use the ampersand in the official name of the College?” he asked. The gravity of the question was not immediately obvious to me. On the surface, it …

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