Curriculum Vitae


  • 2013 Ph.D. in History, University of Virginia
  • 2007 MA in History, University of Virginia
  • 2005 MS in Mathematics, University of Virginia
  • 2003 BS in Mathematics and History, College of William & Mary
    • Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude with High Honors

Employment Experience

  • George Mason University, 2018-present
  • Carnegie Mellon University, 2014-2018
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2013-14
  • Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, 2005-2008
  • University of Virginia, 2003-2010

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Meaghan Brown, Jessica Otis, and Paige Morgan, “Identifying Early Modern Books: Citation Practices in Bibliographic and Early Modern Studies,” Archive Journal (November 2017).

Hannah Rasmussen, Brian Croxall, and Jessica Otis, “Exploring How and Why Digital Humanities is Taught in Libraries,” in A Splendid Torch: Learning and Teaching in Today’s Academic Libraries, edited by John Maclachlan, Christa Williford, and Jodi Reeves Eyre (CLIR, September 2017).

John Ladd, Jessica Otis, Christopher N. Warren, and Scott Weingart, “Exploring and Analyzing Network Data with Python,” Programming Historian (September 2017).

Jessica Otis, “‘Set Them To the Cyphering Schoole’: Reading, Writing and Arithmetical Education, circa 1540-1700,” Journal of British Studies 56, no. 3 (July 2017), doi: 10.1017/jbr.2017.59

Jessica Marie Otis, “‘Sportes and Pastimes, done by Number’: Mathematical Games in Early Modern England,” in Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games, ed. by Allison Levy (Medieval Institute Publications: 2017).

Alison Langmead, Jessica M. Otis*, Christopher N. Warren, Scott B. Weingart, and Lisa D. Zilinski, “Towards Interoperable Network Ontologies for the Digital Humanities,” International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing 10, no. 1 (2016): 22-35, doi: 10.3366/ijhac.2016.0157 [*corresponding author].

Christopher N. Warren, Daniel Shore, Jessica Otis, Lawrence Wang, Mike Finegold, and Cosma Shalizi, “Six Degrees of Francis Bacon: A Statistical Method for Reconstructing Large Historical Social Networks,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 10, no. 3 (2016),   

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Select Grants and Fellowships

  • Berkman Faculty Development Grant, coPI Scott Weingart, 2018-20
    • Project: Bridges of Pittsburgh
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant, coPIs Matt Burton, Matt Lavin, and Scott Weingart, 2017-19
    • Project: Digits: a Platform to Facilitate the Production of Digital Scholarship
  • NEH-ODH Digital Implementation Grant, PIs Christopher Warren and Daniel Shore, 2016-18
    • Project: Six Degrees of Francis Bacon
  • XSEDE Research Grant, coPI Christopher Warren, 2016-17
    • Project: Six Degrees of Francis Bacon
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Microgrant, coPIs Meaghan Brown and Paige Morgan, 2015-16
    • Project: A Text By Any Other Citation: Identifying Early Modern Printed Books

Recent/Upcoming Public Papers and Presentations

  • “Death by Numbers: Network Analysis and London’s Bills of Mortality,” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, March 22, 2018.
  • “Between Strategic Plan and Infrastructural Reality: Founding a Digital Research and Publishing Center at CMU,” with Rikk Mulligan and David Scherer, Coalition for Networked Information Fall Membership Meeting, December 12, 2017.
  • “Death by Numbers: DH and the London Bills of Mortality,” invited talk at Digital Humanities Faculty Research Group, December 7, 2017.
  • “Exploring How and Why Digital Humanities is Taught in Libraries,” with Brian Croxall, Digital Library Federation Forum, November 24, 2017.
  • “Community Meet Capacity: Growing Digital Scholarship Center,” with Rikk Mulligan and Lisa Zilinski, Digital Library Federation Forum, November 23, 2017.
  • “Materiality of Digital Objects,” with Meaghan Brown, Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference, October 13, 2017
  • “Death by Numbers: Bills of Mortality in Early Modern London,” Digital Humanities Annual Meeting, August 9, 2017
  • “Exploring How and Why Digital Humanities is Taught in Libraries,” with Brian Croxall and Hannah Rasmussen, Innovations in Digital Humanities Pedagogy Workshop, Digital Humanities Annual Meeting, August 8, 2017
  • “Six Degrees of Francis Bacon,” with Christopher Warren, Daniel Shore, and Scott Weingart, invited talk at Early Modern Digital Agendas: Network Analysis, July 20, 2017
  • “Using Databases in Humanities Research: a Roundtable,” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing Annual Meeting, June 10, 2017
  • “DH in the Big Tent,” Digital Humanities Summer Institute, June 5, 2017

For additional, older public papers and presentations, see here.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • North American Conference of British Studies
  • History of Science Society
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Society for the History of Authorshp, Reading, and Publishing
  • Council on Library and Information Resources
  • Digital Library Federation