Current social science research and writing faces a number of possibilities that seem to be constrained by three major challenges. The first is the limits of the imagination; the second is knowing what kinds of data are now out there; and the third is having the tools to aggregate and mine them.
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).