About Me

I’m Jessica Otis, Digital Humanities Specialist in the University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University. My personal research focuses primarily on early modern Britain, history of mathematics, and related subjects. For an abbreviated list of my academic accomplishments and publications, check out my C.V. page.

My current digital projects include:

Death by Numbers – this project is in its very early stages, but is going to involve analyzing the 17th-century London Bills of Mortality.

Identifying Early Modern Printed Books (“IdEM B”) – working with Meaghan Brown (Folger Shakespeare Library) and Paige Morgan (University of Miami), this project focuses on analyzing the ways early modern printed books are cited in recent journal and monograph publications.

Six Degrees of Francis Bacon – working with Christopher Warren, Daniel Shore (Georgetown University), and Scott Weingart, this project uses statistical inference to reconstruct the social network of early modern Britain.

When not working, I can generally be found spoiling cats, volunteering with Girl Scouts, or running in the mud. I’ve also been known to take a scenic photograph or two.