“I’m a researcher, one of the lucky people who can earn a living doing what they like do do, in my case historical research.  Ask me how the streets were lighted, if at all, in fourteenth-century Paris, or what an eighteenth-century peruke was made of, or how they wrapped lard in a New England butchershop in 1926.  And I’ll poke around in the debris of the past and try to find out for you.”  Jack Finney, Time and Again


I’m currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Davidson College, with a PhD in history from New York University.  My work focuses on the nineteenth-century origins of international humanitarianism, and particularly the ways in which philanthropic donations were used as proxies for arguments about governance in the middle decades of the nineteenth century.  In this space, I’ve brought together a professional dossier, and a running commentary on my approach to history – both as a teacher and as a researcher. This is an experiment in digital humanities, online presences and public academia.  It’s a space in which I can explore the possibilities of intersections between history and technology and of student interactions beyond the classroom.  I’m interested in how the ‘internet age’ changes the way we interact with sources and with students – and in how the digital humanities shape what we do both as scholars and as teachers.

I can be reached at anshrout [at] davidson [dot] edu

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