I am Assistant Professor of History and Director of Public Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. I’m a former CLIR-DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Early Modern Data Curation and Digital Humanities Specialist at Carnegie Mellon University. I obtained both my Ph.D. in History and my M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia.


2013 Ph.D. in History, University of Virginia

2007 MA in History, University of Virginia

2005 MS in Mathematics, University of Virginia

2003 BS in Mathematics and History, College of William & Mary

Other Publications

Meaghan Brown, Jessica Otis, and Paige Morgan, “Identifying Early Modern Books: Citation Practices in Bibliographic and Early Modern Studies,” Archive Journal (November 2017).

Hannah Rasmussen, Brian Croxall, and Jessica Otis, “Exploring How and Why Digital Humanities is Taught in Libraries,” in A Splendid Torch: Learning and Teaching in Today’s Academic Libraries, edited by John Maclachlan, Christa Williford, and Jodi Reeves Eyre (CLIR, September 2017).

John Ladd, Jessica Otis, Christopher N. Warren, and Scott Weingart, “Exploring and Analyzing Network Data with Python,” Programming Historian (September 2017).

Jessica Otis, “‘Set Them To the Cyphering Schoole’: Reading, Writing and Arithmetical Education, circa 1540-1700,” Journal of British Studies 56, no. 3 (2017). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/jbr.2017.59

Jessica Marie Otis, “‘Sportes and Pastimes, done by Number’: Mathematical Games in Early Modern England,” in Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, ed. by Allison Levy (Medieval Institute Press: 2017).

Christopher N. Warren, Daniel Shore, Jessica Otis, Lawrence Wang, Mike Finegold, and Cosma Shalizi, “Six Degrees of Francis Bacon: A Statistical Method for Reconstructing Large Historical Social Networks,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 10, no. 3 (2016).

Alison Langmead, Jessica M. Otis*, Christopher N. Warren, Scott B. Weingart, and Lisa D. Zilinski, “Towards Interoperable Network Ontologies for the Digital Humanities,” International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing 10, no. 1 (2016): 22-35. DOI: 10.3366/ijhac.2016.0157 [*corresponding coauthor].

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