Working in Public

One of the hardest things as a tenure-track faculty member is to keep all the things you are doing moving forward. For me, one of the things that has fallen by the wayside is most social media, including this blog. Part of it falling away is because I’ve been focusing on my tenure and promotion case but it is also… Continue Reading Working in Public

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Call for Submissions: Future of Digital Methods for Complex Datasets

I’m delighted to be co-editing the 10th anniversary edition of IJHAC with Mia Ridge. Consider applying:   Call for Submissions: Special Edition: The Future of Digital Methods for Complex Datasets International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing IJHAC: A Journal of Digital Humanities Abstracts Due: April 15, 2015 Full Chapters Due: August 1, 2015   Submit Abstracts electronically via .doc,… Continue Reading Call for Submissions: Future of Digital Methods for Complex Datasets

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Why You Should be a Digital Humanist

A few days ago, I got an email from someone who’d read my old post, “Why You Shouldn’t be a Digital Humanist.” I wrote it for the 2013 day of DH and it accurately reflected much of my frustration with both the rhetoric and reality of being a full-time digital humanist. My email correspondent wrote and asked two questions that… Continue Reading Why You Should be a Digital Humanist

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The Devil is in the Details: Principles for Running Large Events

Every once in a while, I get an email, DM, or meeting that starts with the question: How did/do you run _____ (fill in event name)? A few weeks ago, I spent a hour consulting with a team of people who are getting ready to begin planning an international conference on digital humanities/digital media. They rang me up because for… Continue Reading The Devil is in the Details: Principles for Running Large Events

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Making Digital Humanities Work

Here is a lightly edited text of the long (20-minute) paper Trevor Muñoz and I delivered at the Digital Humanities 2014 conference in Lausanne, Switzerland last week. As we noted at the time, the work offered here is extracted from a larger work in progress on these complicated issues. Since we were fortunate to receive so many excellent comments and… Continue Reading Making Digital Humanities Work

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the “Original Americans” and Self-Serving Philanthropy

Last August, I wrote a piece on “The Fascination and Frustration with Native American Mascots” for the Society Pages.  I wrote about how sporting clubs’ used Native American names, imagery, and metaphors as a vehicle for identification. I drew lines from the historical roots of mascotry, through its racialization in the early twentieth century, and explored how their continued use… Continue Reading the “Original Americans” and Self-Serving Philanthropy

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Suggestions on a More Humane Academic Job Market

I’ve just wrapped a pretty extensive academic job search looking for a tenure-track humanities job (in this case, history). I started the first application in my search in August and ended the last application in early November. I was joined on the market by no less than a dozen former and current colleagues also looking for academic jobs—almost entirely in… Continue Reading Suggestions on a More Humane Academic Job Market

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“Alt-Ac” No More

After five years on the “alt-ac” track, I’m leaving and doing what some consider unthinkable. I’m going to join the dark side of the academy. Effective this August, I’m joining the Department of History at the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) as a tenure-track assistant professor. For those uninterested in where I’m going who want to get to why… Continue Reading “Alt-Ac” No More

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Time, Money, and the Academy

Last week, I was honored to give a talk at the University of Delaware as part of their Digital Humanities Workshop Series on the theme “Public Humanities in a Digital World.” For UDelaware, I talked for a bit about “Building and Sustaining a DH Research Agenda”, ran a workshop “Getting Your Research Done”, and did some individual consultations with projects… Continue Reading Time, Money, and the Academy

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I’ll see your open access and raise you two book contracts: or why the AHA should re-think its policy

This week, I’m co-teaching with Lynne Siemens at the European Summer School in Digital Humanities. Held at the University of Leipzig and directed by the esteemed Elisabeth Burr, it is an international gathering of scholars and students exploring the intersections of culture and technology.Lynne and I are teaching our Large Project Management and Development class. Lynne’s been here before but… Continue Reading I’ll see your open access and raise you two book contracts: or why the AHA should re-think its policy

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  1. Hayley Munguia
    July 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Hi Dr. Guiliano,

    I’m a data reporter for FiveThirtyEight, and I’m interested in doing an in-depth piece on Native American appropriation in American sports across the board — professionally, in college and in high schools. I’m in the beginning stages of researching this, and I was wondering if you knew if anyone has catalogued this data and if there’s any kind of database available for any of these categories?

    I’d appreciate any help you could provide.

    • jenguiliano
      July 21, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Hi Hayley-
      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I was out of the country at a conference. So, there does not exist a database of schools—at least not in a true database. I assume you’ve seen this (

      AICS maintains an html listing of elementary and high school mascots by name that includes state information ( You can scrape that into a database then sort by state. However, I’d caution you that the list probably isn’t up to date. For K-12, the easiest way to get a current list is to contact the state boards of education. They have a database of all public and private schools in each state.

      For college, it gets a bit easier because you can parse it from Wikipedia where there is a list both by querying Native mascot, college mascot, and team nickname. Again, you can scrape and sort that as needed. I tend to find it is faster though to work through the Athletic conferences—you can contact NCAA and the other smaller conferences for a complete list.

      For professional teams, the high end stuff is well-documented—but the farm teams and double AA type stuff is much less documented. Your best bet for that is to query MLS, MLB, NFL, NWSL, WNBA etc.

      All of this is a long way of saying that this is a project I really need to get to myself but just haven’t had the time. I’d love to hear more about what you are going to do with the data. My plan at some point is to do a time-lapse analysis with mapping but again, I just haven’t gotten to it yet.


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