[Enjoy this post by DH Fellow Caroline Nowlin ’19. She is working with Professor Michelle Brock on her Mapping the Scottish Reformation project.]
Hello, everyone! My name is Caroline Nowlin, and I am a junior here at Washington and Lee, majoring in Accounting & Business Administration and European History. I became a Digital Humanities Research Fellow this past fall and am currently working with Professor Michelle Brock on a project to comprehensively chart the growth and movement of the Scottish clergy during the Reformation.
If someone had told me a year ago that I would soon be involved in the creation of a research database, I highly doubt I would have believed them. Naturally inept with technology, I was initially intimidated when a history course I took with Professor Sarah Horowitz required the incorporation of digital scholarship techniques into the final class assignment. Much to my surprise, by the end of the semester I had become fascinated with the field of digital humanities and its potential for furthering historical exploration and research. As a result, I jumped at the chance to expand my experience by collaborating with Professor Brock on Mapping the Scottish Reformation.
I am very grateful to Professor Horowitz for introducing me to the digital humanities and to Professor Brock for allowing me to work with her on this project. I have loved my experience with the Digital Humanities program here and look forward to seeing where it takes me in the year and a half I have left at Washington and Lee.