JOINED THE DEPARTMENT
Brian Sarnacki is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in the Nineteenth Century and Digital History. His research interests include urban and social history. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2009 and his M.A. From the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011.
His Master's thesis, A Small City's Big Scandal: Municipal Corruption, Progressive Reform, and the Grand Rapids, Michigan Water Scandal, 1900-1906, examines the evolving notions of Progressivism and corruption during a turn-of-the-century political scandal in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He also created a digital project, The Corrupt Network, which spatialized the Water Scandal and visualized some of the networks of Grand Rapids.
SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS
“Trickle Down Reform: Progressive Rhetoric, Corrupt Practices, and the Grand Rapids Water Scandal, 1900-1906,” Sixth Biennial Urban History Association Conference, October 26, 2012
“Visualizing Space with Google Maps and Exhibit” Teaching History with Technology, Nebraska Wesleyan, June 20, 2012
“Authors, Articles, Editors, and Editions: Publishing Scholarship in the Digital Age”, HASTAC V, U. of Michigan, December 2, 2011
Digitizing the Seminar Paper. A graduate student perspective on how digital tools shape scholarship, Diacronie: Studi di Storia Contemporanea,