The IRC Welcomes a New Associate Director, Anne Sarah Rubin link

Why would a professor of history become the Associate Director of a digital media center? In Anne Sarah Rubin's case, she is bringing the experience she has gained collaborating with the IRC in the past to the challenge of helping other faculty realize the value that visualization and storytelling through digital media offer their work. The IRC's research into the use of digital tools to increase the effectiveness of research and the impact of knowledge can't proceed without content from scholars across domains. Anne knows firsthand what is needed to bridge the gulf between the traditional scholarly production and today’s rapidly expanding digital media universe. Working in the IRC will give her a chance to learn more about using digital tools herself, and share that experience with other faculty and students. You will be hearing from Anne as she seeks to build collaborations with researchers both on and off campus.

Anne collaborated with Kelley Bell and the IRC to covey the complex range of stories that Americans have told about Sherman's March.

Anne's research and teaching focus on the American Civil War and the American South. She came to UMBC as an assistant professor in 2000, and is now a full professor of History. Her first book, A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868[1], explores Confederate national identity during the Civil War and first few years of Reconstruction. Her second book, Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March and American Memory[2] traces the history and legacy of William Tecumseh Sherman's 1864-1865 march through Georgia and the Carolinas, and uses the march as a lens into Americans changing ideas about the Civil War. Her latest book, to be published in 2018, is The Perfect Scout: George Quimby's Memoir of Sherman's March[3]. This edited volume tells the story of one of Sherman's scouts and his adventures in 1864-1865. She is currently working on a project about food and hunger in the Civil War South.

Anne was instrumental in the digital recreation of the tavern that once stood in London Town, Maryland.

While still a graduate student, Anne became interested in the potential of digital history and digital humanities to reach multiple and diverse audiences. Through her work as a project manager for and co-author of The Valley of the Shadow, one of the first major digital history projects, she became especially interested in questions of space, place, and visualization. Anne began working with the IRC in 2008, collaborating with Kelley Bell on Mapping Memory: Sherman's March and America. This multimedia project uses a combination of maps, videos, and still images to convey the complex range of stories that Americans have told about Sherman's March. In 2014-2015, Anne used an IRC Summer Faculty Research fellowship to direct the digital reconstruction of an 18th century tavern that once stood in London Town, Maryland. In addition to her work with the IRC, Anne also taught a class, Replaying the Past, about using games in the history classroom, during which her students collaborated with game design students to build a video game about Civil War-era Baltimore. She is also continuing to work with Dan Bailey on Visualizing Early Baltimore.

Screenshots from Visualizing Early Baltimore.

We are delighted to have Anne join us, and grateful for the support from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences that makes this possible.

  1. ^ UNC Press, 2005
  2. ^ UNC Press, 2014
  3. ^ Co-edited with Steve Murphy; forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press.