Introducing our new CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow – Heather Wacha

Heather Wacha received her PhD in Medieval History from the University of Iowa in 2016. She has recently joined the University of Wisconsin – Madison as a CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Medieval Studies.  She will be working with the iSchool‘s Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture (Jonathan Senchyne) and the English Department (Martin Foys). Check out the interviews below to hear about Heather’s interests and research, as well as the projects she will be working on over the next two years. Play the audio files below to hear Heather’s responses!

“If Books Could Talk…” Outtakes Episode


Question: At the University of Iowa you did an amazing project in Special Collections called “If Books Could Talk.” How did that come about? How do you see the public humanities intersecting with your work? 


screen-shot-2016-10-15-at-4-58-03-pmQuestion: What attracted you to the intersection of medieval studies and data curation/digital humanities?





MS 80
MS 80

Question: One of the projects you are working on takes you to Memorial Library’s Special Collections. What’s the most fascinating thing you’ve found so far?


London, British Library, MS 28681, annotated in DM.


You’ve also been working with Martin Foys on the DM project. Can you tell us more about what it is and what you’re doing specifically?


screen-shot-2016-10-08-at-3-22-01-pmQuestion: What’s your favorite non-work thing about Madison, Wisconsin so far?



If you would like to contact Heather directly, please feel free to email:


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