Shawna Ross is an Assistant Professor of British Literature and the Digital Humanities at Texas A&M University. Her work revolves around modernism and the digital humanities, but she also researches and teaches on Henry James, Charlotte Brontë, Anthropocene theory, and Victorian literature. She is particularly interested in questions of leisure and labor as they relate to authorship and academia.
The future of the digital humanities is field-specific. Past models of the digital humanities (DH) have emphasized interdisciplinarity—not, perhaps, so much the idealized version of interdisciplinarity that implies a fertilizing combination of disciplines and their existing, unique methods as the strategic development and deployment of new, shareable methods that could (at least theoretically) apply to any number of humanist disciplines or literary subfields. Reaching across disciplinary boundaries was necessary, on a practical level, in order to assemble a sufficient number of peers performing the everyday activities of scholarship (collaboration, mentorship, peer review, critique) for a robust new field to emerge.