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Jeremy Mikecz


About Me

I am an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Digital Humanities at the University of Southern California. I am a historian doing research at the intersection of geography and ethno-, social, and digital history. My current research combines old-fashioned archival research and 'close reading' with digital text analysis and mapping to reconstruct indigenous activity and its role in shaping the events of conquest-era Peru. More broadly, I experiment with the use of digital tools to reconstruct the history of marginalized people. In other words, I propose an agenda and a methodology for a 'digital history from below.'

My work was most recently published in the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing (Edinburgh University Press, March 2017): "Peering beyond the Imperial Gaze: Using Digital Tools to Construct a Spatial History of Conquest." In another article under review, I examine, map, and visualize the ubiquity of indigenous aid in the 1533 Spanish invasion of Inka Peru.

I have nearly a decade of experience as a teacher at a variety of levels. At USC this past spring I taught a general elective seminar titled "Conquests and Invasions: Myths, Propaganda, and 'Alternative Facts' in European Conquest of the Indigenous Americas." This coming spring I am scheduled to teach a similar general elective seminar as well as an upper-level history course integrating digital history methods with the study of Latin American history. At the University of California, Davis I served as Teaching Assistant for a variety of Latin American History courses, leading discussion sessions where I coached students how to read, think about, write, and debate historical topics. In St. Louis, I taught World History, U.S. History, Geography, and Civics at University City High School. I also coached track and cross country. In Alburquerque, I taught New Mexico History, Civics, and Economics at the Digital Arts and Technology Academy charter school. I have even taught English to students from 5 to 65 in Barcelona.

1. Carolyn Dean, A Culture of Stone: Inka Perspectives on Rock (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010), 101-102.