Anelise Hanson Shrout

California State University, Fullerton

ashrout [at] fullerton [dot] edu


Ph.D., New York University, 2013

A.B., University of Chicago, 2006



Bates College, Digital and Computational Studies. Assistant Professor, 2018-present

California State University Fullerton, History.  Assistant Professor, 2016-2018

Davidson College, Digital Studies. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Studies, 2014-2016

Davidson College, Department of History.  Visiting Assistant Professor of American History, 2013-2014

College of Staten Island, Department of History. Lecturer. 2012



Analog Projects

Aiding Ireland, Saving Ourselves; Famine and the Politics of Global Philanthropy. (book manuscript, proposal under review)


Digital Projects

Digital Almshouse Project – a dataset, context and data analysis of Irish immigrants who entered New York City’s almshouse in the 1840s.

Frémont’s Oregon Trail – an interactive map highlighting John C. Frémont’s Oregon expeditions in the early 1840s, accompanied by excerpts from his journal.



“(Re)Humanizing Data – Digitally Navigating the Digital Almshouse.” Current Research in Digital History (2018)

“’Starting From Scratch’? Workshopping New Directions in Undergraduate Digital Humanities.”  Digital Humanities Quarterly (2017)

“A ‘Voice of Benevolence From the Western Wilderness’: Native Philanthropy and Political Critique in the Trans-Mississippi West” (Winter 2015, Journal of the Early Republic)

Teaching DigitallyNew York University Graduate History Student Association Teaching Handbook (2014)

“Visualizing Isis: A Geospatial and Topical Analysis of the History of Science” Visual Insights: A Practical Guide to Making Sense of Data, (MIT Press, 2014) co-authored with David Hubbard, Anouk Lang, Kathleen Reed and Lyndsay Troyer

“An Entangled World: Loyalties, Allegiances and Affiliations in the Long Eighteenth Century” Early American Studies, 11:1 (January 2013) co-authored with Jerusha Westbury

Guest editor of “Forming Nations, Reforming Empires: Atlantic Politics in the Long Eighteenth Century,” a special issue of Early American Studies , 11:1 (January 2013) co-edited with Jerusha Westbury

“The Famine and New York City” in The Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-52, eds. John Crowley, William J. Smyth (Cork University Press, 2012)



“Hypothes.is” Journal of American History (December 2016)

“Reading the Century Illustrated Magazine” in American Periodicals Review.  23:1 (February 2013)

“Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish American History: Enshrining a Fateful Memory” in The Journal of American Ethnic History. (Winter, 2016)


Public Writing

“I Let My Students Run My Classroom – Here’s What Happened,” EdSurge

“Davidson’s Imbibable Past,” Davidson College Archives Blog

“What Do We Do About Archival Violence?” Digital Humanities Now Editors’ Choice


In Progress

“Centering First-Generation Students in the Digital Humanities” co-authored with Jamila Moore-Pewu (under review for Debates in DH: Infrastructures)

“Philanthropy in the Early Republic” (under review for A Companion to U.S. Foreign Relations, Colonial Era to the Present.)


Awards and Prizes (external)

LINES Travel Grant, Lake Institute on Faith and Giving (2015-2016)

Honorable Mention, ProQuest/Research Society for American Periodicals article prize (2016)

Lake Institute Emerging Scholar, Lake Institute on Faith and Giving (2015)

Gest Fellowship, Haverford College Quaker Collections (research conducted 2013-2014)

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship  (2012-2013)

North American Victorian Studies Association Travel Grant (2012)

Glucksman International Fellowship (2009, 2010)

Guest of the Historical Geography Research Group, Royal Geographical Society (2006)


Awards (internal)

Bacca Grant, Davidson College for Performing Parts conference (2016)

Public Lectures Committee Funds, Davidson College for Performing Parts conference (2016)

Digital Studies Course Development Award, Davidson College (2015)

Digital Studies Professional Development Grant, Davidson College (2014)

Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award, New York University (2012)

Teaching Fellow, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York University (2012)

Jean Downey Scholarship, New York University (2007-2008)

Dean’s student travel grant, New York University (2008, 2009)

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship for Irish, New York University and Oideas Gael (2008)

Henry H. McCracken Fellowship, New York University (2006-2012)


Lectures and Presentations

Digital Humanities and Pedagogy

“What Happens Next?: First-Generation Students in #DH Classrooms.” Global | Local: Experiments in the Arts and Humanities, Bard College, March 2017

“Rehumanizing Data.” Michigan State University Global DH Symposium, March 2017

“Teaching (History) With Digital Humanities.” New York University Atlantic Workshop, February 2016 (invited)

“Advanced Digital Mapping.”  AHA 2016, Atlanta, GA, January 2016 (invited)

“Digital Pedagogy: What it is, Why it is and How to do it (Well).” Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities Group, Bronx, NY, October 2015 (invited)

“Starting from Scratch?: Strategies for Building Undergraduate-Centered #DH Programs,” Workshop at Digital Humanities 2015, Sydney, Australia, June 2015

“Digital History: What it is, Why it is and What to Do With it.” Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, April 2015 (invited)

“Mapping Davidson’s Past.” Davidson Historical Society, Davidson, NC. November 2014

“Digital Mapping Technologies.” THATCamp Piedmont, Davidson, NC. October, 2014

“There’s an App for that: Teaching with Technology.” Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Conference, New York, NY. August, 2012. (invited)



Panel Organizer for “Philanthropic Politics Abroad” Society for the History of American Foreign Relations, Arlington, VA. June, 2017

“Moving News, Affecting Relief: The Irish Famine’s Trans-Atlantic Circulations.” Modern America Society and Culture Seminar, Massachusetts Historical Society, March 2017.

“Antebellum Black Philanthropy as Foreign Engagement.” African American Intellectual History Society, Vanderbilt University, March 2017.

‘”What do Politics have to do with Starving Millions?”: Digital Humanities Approaches to the History of Philanthropy’ California State University Bakersfield History Forum, Bakersfield, CA, March 2017 (invited)

‘“Blood Stained” or “Benevolent”?: Competing Quaker Philanthropies in the Nineteenth Century’ American Academy of Religion National Conference, San Antonio, TX, November 2016

“Digital History ‘From Below’: A Call To Action”  Digital Humanities 2016, Kraków, Poland, July 2016 (abstract accepted, unable to attend)

“Moving News: The Irish Famine, the Press, and the Politics of Philanthropy” First Explorations in Transnational Journalism History, Augusta, GA, March 2016

Panel Organizer and Commentator for “Miserable in its Own Way? Disaster, Solidarity and Resistance.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, October 2015

“Accessing Philanthropic Lives: Digital Approaches to Philanthropic History.” Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, April 2015 (invited)

““Blood Stained” Calls of Benevolence: Quakers, the Irish famine, and the problem of slave owner philanthropy.” Brokers of Aid: Humanitarian Organizations between Donors and Recipients Workshop. Stockholm, Sweden. June, 2014 (invited)

““Poor Indians” and “Poor Irish”: Philanthropy and Imperial Critique in the American West.” Organization of American Historians, Atlanta, GA. April, 2014

Panel Organizer for “American Philanthropy Abroad:” Transnational Philanthropy in the Long Nineteenth Century.” Organization of American Historians, Atlanta, GA. April, 2014

““Poor Indians” and “Poor Irish”: Indian Philanthropy, Irish Starvation and Political Culture.” American Conference for Irish Studies, Chicago, IL. April, 2013.

“Distressing News from Ireland: Disaster, Empathy and Philanthropy in the Nineteenth Century.” North American Victorian Studies Association, Madison, WI.  September, 2012.

“There’s an App for that: Teaching with Technology.” Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Conference, New York, NY.  August, 2012.

“Philanthropic Experiences: Reconstructing Irish Famine Relief Projects.”  American Conference for Irish Studies, Madison, WI.  April, 2011

“Distant sufferers: empathy and the origins of transnational humanitarianism.” Empathy: Self, Culture, Society Symposium, Indiana University’s Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics. November, 2011.

“Calls of Benevolence and Suffering Humanity: Reporting the Famine and American Philanthropic Identity” American Conference for Irish Studies, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.  October, 2009.

“Aid to Ireland: Irish Destitution, American Virtue and the Great Famine.” Nations, Diasporas and Identities, Wellington, New Zealand.  March, 2008.


Teaching Experience

Introduction to Digital History (CSUF, 2018)

Survey of U.S. History (CSUF, 2018)

Gendered Techno Culture (CSUF, 2017)

Digital History Practicum (CSUF, 2017)

Readings in Nineteenth-Century American History (CSUF, 2016)

Historical Thinking (CSUF, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Atlantic History (CSUF, 2016)

Histories of Gender and Technology (Davidson, 2016)

Death in the Digital Age (Davidson, 2015)

Reading, Writing and Knowing in Early America (Davidson, 2015)

Digital Maps, Space and Place (Davidson, 2014 – site migrated from courses.davidson.edu)

American Environments to 1893 (Davidson, 2014)

Disasters of America’s Gilded Age (Davidson, 2014)

The United States to 1877 (Davidson, 2013, 2014)

Popular Politics in Early America (Davidson, 2013)

Introduction to Historical Methods  (The College of Staten Island, 2012)

History 101: American Disasters (NYU, 2012)

Natural Disasters in American History (NYU, 2011)

Introduction to British History (NYU, 2009)



Reader, History Department Digital Projects, California State University Fullerton (2017-present)

Reader, History Department Masters Theses, California State University Fullerton (2016-present)

Adviser, Davidson Domains project, Davidson College (2014-15)

Organizer, Digital Mapping Working Group, Davidson College (2015)

Reader/Adviser, History Department Honors Theses, Davidson College (2014-15)

Co-Chair, Junior Faculty Committee, Davidson College (fall 2014-present)

External Reader, History Department Honors Theses, Davidson College (2014)

Organizer, “Forming Nations, Reforming Empires” Conference, New York University (February 2010)


Pedagogical training

Reacting to the Past Endeavor Grant, Barnard College (Summer 2017)

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Fellow, New York University (Summer, 2012)

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Certificate Program, New York University (2012)

Participant, American Historical Association Teaching Workshop (2011, 2012)


Digital Humanities training

Participant, DHBridge workshop on computational thinking, python and text analysis, George Mason University (2014)

Organizer, THATCamp Piedmont, Davidson College (2014)

Participant, “Remixing the Diss: New Models, New Methods, New Media,” CUNY Graduate Center (2014)

Participant, Information Visualization MOOC, Indiana University (2013)

Participant, Digital History Workshop, American Historical Association (2011)


Professional Affiliations

American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

Society for the History of American Foreign Relations

Society for the History of the Early American Republic

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations



Modern Irish