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2019 Freedman Fellows

The Freedman Fellows

The Freedman Fellows is a program funded by the Kelvin Smith Library and the Freedman Fellows Endowment by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman. The Freedman Fellows Program supports collaboration with the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Team to create scholarly research projects that involve the use of digital tools and methods that are of scholarly or instructional interest. This annual award is given to full-time, board-appointed, tenured or tenure-track faculty, and clinical research faculty, at the rank of Assistant Professor or above.

The 2019 Freedman Fellows:

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Heather Hurwitz, Sociology

Digitizing the Occupy Movement Archive to Create Research and Teaching Resources

Heather McKee Hurwitz, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in the CWRU Department of Sociology and is also a core faculty member in the Women's and Gender Studies interdisciplinary program. As a Freedman Fellow, she will develop the digital infrastructure for the most comprehensive archive of documents about the Occupy Wall Street movement, a vital democratic moment at the genesis of the contemporary protest cycle. The project includes scanning and metadata tagging paper and electronic documents to create a searchable database on the Open Science Framework (OSF). Hurwitz plans to make the archive publicly available. She will provide pedagogical materials about the archive including a collaborative teaching activity for CWRU Introduction to Sociology courses and a pilot Open Educational Resource (OER).

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Einav Rabinovitch-Fox 

19th at 100: Commemorating the Suffrage Struggle and its Legacies in Cleveland

Einav Rabinovitch-Fox is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the History Department. She holds a PhD in History from New York University (2014) in modern U.S history, with a particular focus on women's and gender history.  Her research examines the connections between fashion, politics, and modernity, and she is currently working on her book manuscript: Dressed for Freedom: The Fashionable Politics of American Feminism. Einav has published on fashion, femininity, advertising, and feminism in academic journals and books, as well as public venues such as Public Seminar, the Conversation, On the Media, and Dismantle Magazine. In addition, Einav is a public historian engaged in curatorial and digital projects that seek to bring history to broad audiences. Among her positions, she was the inaugural Wade Postdoctoral Fellow at the Western Reserve Historical Society, and served as a co-curator for an exhibition commemorating the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.  19that 100 is a curatorial project that celebrates the centennial of the passing of the 19thAmendment to the U.S. Constitution that granted women the right to vote. By producing a physical exhibition that will be complemented with a digital website and an educational database, this project will showcase the long history of the struggle for suffrage, giving special attention to the local angle of Cleveland and the region. 19that 100 is a collaborative project between students and faculty, designed as a course to be taught in the spring of 2020 that will provide a hands-on experience with exhibit curation and digital tools. It is designed to make the history of the struggle for suffrage and its legacies available to students and scholars at the CWRU community and beyond.

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Andrew Reimer, Nursing

Exploring Large Healthcare Databases with Geographic Information Systems to Inform Medical Transport Health Policy

Dr. Reimer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. In addition, he practices as a flight nurse and research coordinator on Cleveland Clinic’s Critical Care Transport Team. Andrew investigates basic national statistics regarding how many patients undergo medical transfer and for how far are currently not available. In collaboration with the Freedman Center and working with student research assistants, Dr. Reimer will pair existing state and national databases of patient hospitalizations with ArcGIS mapping technology to quantify how many patients and miles are travelled each year in the US. The long-term goal of this project is to make this work available to support health policy efforts governing medical transport.

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Martha Schaffer and Michael Householder, English Department and SAGES

The Language of Reflective Essays: What Writing Analytics Tells Us About Student Learning

Michael Householder is the Associate Director of SAGES and an Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to his work on composition and writing analytics, he specializes in American literature, as well as bioethics and medical humanities.

Martha Schaffer is the Associate Director of Composition and an Instructor in the Department of English. She teaches first-year writing, rhetoric, and linguistics. Her current research explores how teachers can help novice writers evaluate their own writing and potential for growth into future writing projects and writing selves.

In our project, we have used machine-enhanced textual and content analysis to study two thousand reflective essays submitted by CWRU students as part of their SAGES Writing Portfolios. In doing so, we aim to learn more about how students in the SAGES Program describe their writing, themselves as writers, and their experiences as learners. We plan to use collected data to enhance writing instruction and assessment in the SAGES Program, as well as to demonstrate how collaborative, interdisciplinary work in the digital humanities can enhance programmatic-level writing assessment.

Recognizing that human readers have limited ability to analyze the thousands of pieces of student writing collected annually in student portfolios, we hypothesize that machine-enhanced analytics can provide an enriched understanding of a large corpus of reflective texts, providing new perspectives on, hidden insights into, and broader understanding of students’ beliefs about their writing and learning.

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Renee Sentilles, History Department

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Renée M. Sentilles is author of Performing Menken: Adah Isaacs Menken and the Birth of American Celebrity (Cambridge 2003) and American Tomboys, 1850-1915 (University of Massachusetts Press, 2018). She is currently working on a book project called “In Her Shoes: Getting to the Sole of American Women’s History” and an interactive oral history website, Sentilles is an Associate Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  She specializes in American cultural history, the history of women and girls in the United States, and gender & sexuality. is a repository of short life stories about girls and women.  Each story is fronted by a picture of shoes or the subject in her shoes, that initiates or serves as part of the narrative.  The curated submissions are roughly 1,000-4,000 words and volunteered by their authors. They are thoroughly catalogued for ease of use by researchers and scholars.