Dr. Jeri Wieringa is a digital historian who joined REL in August 2020. She graduated summa cum laude in 2011 with a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School after receiving her B.A. from Calvin College in 2008 (with a double major in Philosophy and English). She earned a Ph.D. in History from George Mason University in 2019, writing a digital dissertation, A Gospel of Health and Salvation: Modeling the Religious Culture of Seventh-day Adventism, 1843 – 1920.
Her scholarship takes place at the intersection of computational and data science methods as applied to the study of American religious history. Dr. Wieringa’s current research not only evaluates and develops computational methods for research in the Humanities but also considers the whole ecosystem of digital projects, from data creation to archiving and preservation.
She has worked on a wide number of grant-funded digital humanities projects, including Digital Humanities Now, the Journal of Digital Humanities, and Omeka, and is co-creator of DH Bridge, an open curriculum introducing computational methods for humanities scholars. She has presented her research at the annual meetings of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, American Historical Association, and the American Academy of Religion. She worked previously as the Digital Publishing Production Lead with Mason Publishing Group, part of the George Mason University Libraries.
Dr. Wieringa teaches a variety of courses, from REl 120 Religion and Science and REL 315 Digital Humanities in Religious Studies to REL 503 Digital Methods for Religious Studies and classes on the history of religion in America.
You can learn more about her work on her Portfolio page.