Hi there! My name is Sara Duke. I am a second-year master’s student at Indiana University, Bloomington pursuing dual degrees in Library Science and Information Science with a specialization in digital humanities. In addition to my coursework, I serve as the Digital Outreach Specialist at IU’s Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities.
I did my undergraduate work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating with Honors and High Distinction and a Bachelor of Arts degree. I majored in English and History and minored in French and Digital Humanities. You can find out more about my academic and professional experience here.
My research interests are deeply rooted in digital humanities work. My current research project is related to a digital method known as topic modeling. I have been topic modeling Alexander Hamilton’s outgoing letters between 1772 and 1804, looking for thematic trends and traits for some of his most notable recipients. The process is now being repeated with the lyrics from Hamilton: An American Musical. I am hopeful to note comparisons between the two data sets, as well as identify the gaps in the narratives between them. This research serves as my capstone project for my digital humanities specialization for my degrees.
I am incredibly excited to be spending the summer in Atlanta working for CNN’s library. I have never been to Atlanta, so I am eager to explore a new city and work environment. Check back here periodically to get updates on my internship adventures!