Lot 49 is my blog, and I’m Sheila A. Brennan. Currently, I am the Associate Director of Public Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and Research Associate Professor at George Mason University.
I first came to RRCHNM in 2005 to work as a part-time grant and documentation writer, and haven’t left. At the Center, I direct and manage many projects. The first project that I managed and worked on from start to finish was the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank from 2005 to 2008. After HDMB, I became part of the original Omeka team (2007-present), and worked on many other digital humanities and cultural heritage projects. I give workshops, and lead and teach summer institutes that introduce digital humanities methods to established scholars, GLAM professionals, and graduate students.
I received my PhD in American history from Mason, and wrote a cultural history of stamp collecting, Stamping American Memory, which is now a digital monograph that I’m publishing with University of Michigan’s Digital Culture Books series. Before coming to RRCHNM, I worked in the museum field as the Director of Education and Public Programs at the U.S. Navy Museum in Washington, DC for seven years.
My professional digital portfolio lives here: http://sheilabrennan.org