Professor Awarded National Endowment


(May 6, 2014) — Dr. Ella Howard, an assistant professor of history at Armstrong Atlantic State University, recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship to attend the Doing Digital History summer institute at George Mason University’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History in New Media on August 4-15.

Dr. Howard is one of 25 historians selected from across the United States to attend this special workshop, which showcases new media methods and tools. Highlights will include text and data mining, building digital collections, spatial history, community sourcing and digitally enabled pedagogy.

“It’s truly an honor for Dr. Ella Howard to be selected for this prestigious National Endowment of the Humanities fellowship,” said Dr. Christopher M. Curtis, Armstrong’s history department head. “She will learn cutting-edge techniques in digital history that will benefit Armstrong undergraduates and graduate students.”

Howard is the author of Homeless: Poverty and Place in Urban America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013). She earned a Ph.D. at Boston University, an M.A. from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts and a B.A. from Scripps College.

Howard joined Armstrong in 2008 and teaches a wide range of classes including American Material Culture, Topics in Urban History, Modern American Popular Culture and Introduction to Digital History. Her research interests include the influence of tourism and historic preservation on the development of Southern cities like Savannah, Charleston and New Orleans.

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