Can diagrams, bar charts, or network maps possibly convey the human warmth and drama of literature, religion, and history? And what happens to a researcher’s critical capacity and sensitivity when she uses a software program to study complex sources?
Anne Kelly Knowles
Anne Kelly Knowles teaches historical geography and digital history at the University of Maine. She has written or edited five books, including Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship (2008); Mastering Iron: The Struggle to Modernize an American Industry, 1800–1868 (2013); and Geographies of the Holocaust (2014). Throughout her career, Anne has advocated mapping and GIS as core methods for historical research. Her pioneering work with historical GIS has been recognized by a number of fellowships and awards, including an American Ingenuity Award for Historical Scholarship (Smithsonian magazine, 2012) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015).