This page includes some of my research and creative projects that I initiated or engaged.
The Visiting Experts' Network (VEN) is an infrastructure for academics to connect with people who might be able to help them out with a class session on a specific topic. We hope it will also help scholars find conversation partners and collaborators outside their disciplines. Dr. Stephanie Frank and I co-founded VEN. As we believe, in the era of COVID-19, when many of us are teaching online, this is particularly useful—distance is no longer an issue. Also, we hope it will be useful when we return to in-person teaching.
The SNA Lab @Harrisburg is an independently run group that help students and emerging scholars to practice new skills, test their working ideas, and prepare for future projects through experiments and workshops. This lab offers various resources and opportunities of learning and conducting research projects related to SNA. Team members may work under the same topic, but each group or individual may propose and develop their subjects as we progress. The current project is "2020 U.S. Presidential Debates and Twitter."
Tri County Community Action (TCCA) offers a comprehensive approach to individual, family, and neighborhood success through a myriad of programs. I am currently a TCCA volunteer and help its Communication office brainstorm campaigns of "Harrisburg Urban Growers (HUG)" and "Clean & Green Harrisburg"
The Collaboration for Ongoing Visitor Experience Studies (COVES) is designed to unite museums across the country to systematically collect, analyze, and report on visitor experience data.The goal of COVES is to establish a sustainable, responsive program to support museums of all sizes and types across the country to engage collaboratively in ongoing visitor experience studies. I am currently working at COVES Project: Site at Susquehanna Art Museum (SAM), Harrisburg PA, and my fieldwork ranges from Oct. 14 2020 to Jan. 16 2021.
The Center for Food and Culture, Bowling Green, OH collected individual’s stories of finding comfort or discomfort through foodways during the pandemic. The Online Comfort Foodways Exhibit showcases the fruition of virtual oral history project initiated by Dr. Lucy M. Long at the Center for Food and Culture. This project received partial funding from the Association for the Study of Food and Society. It is also made possible, in part, by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The metadata (mostly, transcriptions and images) will be archived at The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
With Open Heart and Open Arms: LGBTQ Cuban Refugees and Our Community’s Response to the Mariel Boatlift was an original exhibit that celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Mariel Boatlift in 2020. The LGBT Center of Central PA History Project managed this project for the PA LGBT History Network. This traveling exhibit made its debut September 1 - 25, 2020 at the Historic Harrisburg Resource Center. From there, it will travel to several cities in Pennsylvania, and then be available to other venues around the state upon request starting in 2021.
The GCR STEAM Ecosystem at Central Pennsylvania partnered with Friends of Midtown (FOM) to position our region to flourish in the future one neighborhood. I Created narratives for local assets to improve the access and awareness of Midtown through a storytelling fashion and collaborated with Dr. Chad Frey to maintain the infrastructures of the interactive map system.