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Master of Library Science
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, May 2020
Archives Management & Digital Humanities
Master of Art
Drew University, Madison, NJ, December 2013
History and Culture, summa cum laude
Bachelor of Art
Keene State College, Keene, NH, December 2011
English and History, magna cum laude
Honors and awards:
- Association of College and Research Libraries Women and Gender Studies Student Fellow
- IUB Copeland Fellowship Award
- American Library Association Student Fellowship and Intern
- David Kohn Award for Best M.A. Thesis
- Lead Panel: American Historical Association
- ALA: American Library Association
- Sections: ACRL, GLBT, Digital, Historians, Intellectual Freedom
- SAA: Society of American Archivists
- InULA: Indiana University Librarians Association
- AHA: American Historical Association
- SHARP: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing
- MLA: Modern Language Association
- Sigma Tau Delta (ΣΤΔ) English, Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) History, Order of Omega Greek, National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)
Graduate Researcher, Drs. Cifor and Monyota March 2019 – Current
Project: Classifying, Documenting, and Preserving Human Sexuality at the Kinsey Institute
- The purpose of the project is examining the historical and contemporary collection, classification, and description practices pertaining to human sexuality materials in the Kinsey Institute. The work of the Institute has had a profound, but under examined impact on the classifications of bodies, sex, and sexuality across information contexts.
- The work with Dr. Marika Cifor and Dr. Robert Montoya has grown out of my own research into the history of the classification and organization of sexualities in Western contexts between Hirschfield and Kinsey. The research is a multi-disciplinary project involving archival studies, knowledge organization, and history, the third of which is my focus and contribution.
Kinsey Institute, Bloomington IN (August 2018 – Current)
- Worked on several projects at the Institute, including a large project involving the unarchiving, moving, and re-archiving of the entire collection to off-site storage.
- Helped in in initial conversations with a number of donors that resulted in the curation and depositing of new materials into the Haslam Polyamory Collection. Also built, developed and deposited collections of other scarce and endangered material, including born-digital material.
- Following established protocols to protect material of priceless and rare value, while developing new strategies and ideas for the current challenges facing the collection.
- Developing collection management data including finding aids and other access tools, as well as cataloguing entirely new collections—familiar with archival practices and software.
Indiana University Libraries, Scholarly Communication (August 2018 – April 2019)
Preprofessional Graduate Assistant
- Worked on several major projects within the Scholarly Communications department and among other Indiana University school units, including Indiana University Press, and the academic work of IU. This includes projects such as the management and understanding of the institutional DSpace repository, blogging, preparing educational materials, administrating Open Journal Systems for Open Access Journals.
- Contributed towards the promotion, event planning and development of the department.
- Developed a social media strategy for the promotion of Scholarly Communications work including blogging, podcasts, and videos on Twitter and other platforms. Also helped in the management and distribution of departmental email accounts and email newsletters.
AskHistorians (August 2012 – Current)
Moderator, Podcast Host & Editor
- Helped in the establishment of AskHistorians as the largest academic public history forum with nearly 1MM subscribers, 10MM monthly pageviews, and 20-30,000 monthly podcast listeners and financial supporters.
- Received recognition from the AHA and NCPH and collaborated with the Library of Congress and other institutions.
New England College, Henniker, NH (August 2015 – August 2018)
- Taught American History and American Democracy to NEC freshman, sophomores, and juniors.
- Used wide array of audiovisual programs, and internet participation.
- Instructed on a variety of topics, including creative poetry, freshman composition, and literature classes.
International Researcher & Author (December 2013 – August 2018)
- Researched and wrote a book on the development of censorship and obscenity, which went on to win several awards, was featured on the Conan O’Brien show, and inspired a number of interviews, articles and more.
- Spent nearly seven months abroad conducting international research and engaging in negotiations for access to restricted material
Amazon Health (@ PillPack) Manchester, NH (November 2016 – August 2018)
Certified Pharmacy Technician, Special Operations
- Worked in the Special Operations oversight of a pharmaceutical startup purchased by Amazon for $1BB assisting with the needs of 1000 employees and 100k+ customers.
- Completed national CPhT certification in under a month and relied upon extensive use and knowledge of pharmacy technology, math, and software.
Noblespirit, Pittsfield, NH (April 2015 – November 2016
- Provided research and information for company that sought to disrupt the usual antique store model by selling directly to consumers.
- Supervised a team of 20 photographers and listers.
PUBLISHED WORK AND APPEARANCES:
- Annals of Pornographie: How Porn became ‘Bad.’ Popular history book for a mass audience, made consistent and remarkable sales and won awards for making history accessible to the public. Resulted in authorial appearance on Conan O’Brien and a number of interviews. Extensive re-write underway for academic publication.
- (In Progress) Grasping Towards Pornotopia: A History of Porn Studies (working title): an examination of the creation of popular understandings of sex and sexuality in the West between the end of WWII and the beginning of the Reagan Era. Using archival evidence, publisher correspondence, and newspapers accounts, I examine the bestsellers that first brought Victorian erotica and pornography into the public and created modern understandings of sexuality.
- American Historical Association, 2015 & 2016
- Dean Hopper Graduate Student Conference, 2016
- National Council on Public History 2017
- SHARP, Amherst MA, 2019
- Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2019
Broadcast & Podcast appearances:
- Broadcast: Conan O Brien. Boston’s Combat Zone, a History for the WBUR iLab Collaboration.
- Podcasts: The AskHistorians Podcast, American College of Physicians’ Bedside Rounds, The Allusionist, WBUR’s Endless Thread, Gimlet’s Every Little Thing. WBUR Boston, The Manwhore Podcast: A Sex Positive Quest for Love, New Hampshire Public Radio, Greg and the Morning Buzz.
- ‘Hellfire and Cannibals: 18th and 19th Century Erotic Reading Groups and Their Manuscripts’ forthcoming chapter in the Edinburgh History of Reading (2019) that assesses erotic book clubs and their material.
- (with Bobby Derie) ‘Queer Beginnings: From Fanzines to Rule 34’ forthcoming chapter in Literature’s Kinkiest Corners (Routledge, 2019) discussing the history and creation of fan fiction and queer culture.
- Sex-Ed articles for Pornhub.com’s Sexual Wellness Center:
- Society, Vice, and Suppression: The Historical Creation of ‘Pornography in England, 1750-1850. Submitted and accepted for Drew University’s Masters of Arts in History and Culture.
- Crossdressing Crossculture: Shakespeare, Calderon de la Barca, Catalina Erauso, Mary Frith and the Theaters of Golden Age Madrid and Tudor-Stuart London. Published in Metamorphosis.
Works in Progress:
- A Study of Hierarchical Pornographic Classification vs. Individualized Pornographic Classification on Reddit’s /r/NSFW411: a research paper on the development of sexual hierarchical and classification systems on Reddit and elsewhere.
- Pre-Obscenities & Real Obscenities: The Creation of Male Pornographic Space: research paper being prepared for publication on the creation of a specifically male-gendered space in obscenity.
Additional Professional Blogging and Interviews:
- For Hacking Library School
- For American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom Blog:
- IU Scholarly Communications
- History Interviews and Blogging:
- HistoryGal Interview
- Clutterbuck-Cook, Anna. “Book Review: Annals of Pornographie.” Dósis(blog), November 23, 2016.
- “Reddit Moderator Has MA in History of Porn | Brian Watson.”
- “Porn Historian Brian Watson Explains Balloon Porn, 17th-Century Dildos in Reddit AMA.” Upvoted(blog).
- Watson, Brian M. “The Raunchy World of Edmund Curll.” A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life(blog). Edited by Catherine Curzon. . Accessed December 2, 2018.
- Library-specific skills include: best-practices for archiving cataloguing, archival software knowledge Knowledge Organization, development of finding aids, social media strategy and management, open source software (python and other terminal programs), Open Access, MARC, metadata, Scholarly Communications.
- Fluent in Microsoft Office software, online and collaborative applications (Google Docs, Prezi, and others), and educational software on Windows and OSX (Blackboard, Moodle, etc), Oxygen XML, Adobe Creative Suite (Creative Cloud, Acrobat, InDesign).
- Considerable experience with administrative and executive roles professionally and in clubs.
- A veteran international traveler and researcher.
- Languages: French (reading and writing), XML (moderate), Python & HTML (basic to intermediate), SQL (beginner).
- Experience with utilization of diverse social media, such as Reddit, Facebook, Twitter and WordPress, podcast and video editing, and other promotional strategies.