I am Ramya, a graduate student in the Department of History at Michigan State University. As historian I am very interested in environmental history, borderlands history, and the history of science and technology. I am passionate about public history and am currently interning at the Michigan History Center as part of the State Parks Centennial celebrating a hundred years of Michigan’s state parks. As part of the internship, I conducted archival research and am currently collaborating on interpreting and visualizing that research into exhibition material to be rolled out in summer 2019.

My doctoral project explores the origins, motivations, and effects of dredging to offer a new history of the Detroit River between 1865 and 1930. In so doing, it attempts to offer a new analytical lens by thinking about dredging as a historical, material, and ecological process. Because the dredged channel straddles the international border (for the most part) between the United States and Canada, dredging as I hope to show is as much a territorializing process as it is a technological and political one.

I have long been intrigued by Digital Humanities and was a Cultural Humanities Informatics (CHI) fellow in 2016-17 and created website on the TVA (which needs updating). I also attended the Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT)  summer school in June 2018. Both experiences emphasized to me the importance of breaking things in order to build them better. Through HST 812, I hope to learn more about the debates as well as techniques of Digital Humanities.

Thank you for your interest and I look forward to hearing from you!

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