Author Archives: Vanessa Varin

About Vanessa Varin

Vanessa Varin is associate editor for web content and social media at the AHA.

Vanessa used to work at the AHA as web and social media editor and now works for the federal government. Vanessa writes primarily about web ethics; trends in the webisphere; beyond the professoriate careers; graduate students and early career; digital humanities; and news and events in the discipline.

Before working at the AHA, Vanessa worked in the digital services department at the Hill Memorial Special Collections Library at Louisiana State University (LSU). She received her Bachelor of Arts in American History at the University of California, Los Angeles; her Master of Arts in American History and MLIS in Information Management at LSU. Her master’s thesis explored the history of nativism and political culture in antebellum St. Louis, Missouri. Her research interests include urban history, the history of nativism, intellectual history, and digital humanities.

How Can I Be a Historian in This Job?

After making the decision to leave the confines of the AHA and my fellow history colleagues to take a job at a federal agency, I have to admit I was a little nervous.

Google Search

Historians and the Potential Consequences of the “Right to be Forgotten” Ruling

The Court of Justice of the European Union recently made international headlines by backing “the right to be forgotten” and ordering Google Spain to take steps toward allowing Europeans the right to remove personal information that has become outdated or irrelevant from search providers, most notably Google.

Digital Projects on Display at NEH Tech Fair

Recently, the National Endowment of Humanities’ Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) offered a briefing for congressional staff, alternatively described as a “technology fair” or an “open house,” to help educate staffers and promote NEH-funded projects.

2014 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

A Social Media Story of AHA 2014

For those who could not attend the meeting, we have archived some of the popular conversation and social media interactions and presented it into a coherent social media narrative of the meeting.