Workflows: Research Practices & Digital Infrastructure

Resurrecting the Series In May 2020, I published “Workflows” on my blog. In July of that year, I published a sequel—meant to be one in a series of posts about research productivity—entitled “‘Welcome’ to Graduate School.” Unfortunately, the Workflows series died with that second post. The outline I had envisioned in the first post was …


I am sitting at my desk in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Some allege that summer has begun, but I’ve paid no mind to whispers that threaten the threads of tenacity remaining in my psyche to finish seminar papers, take language courses, do research, and prepare for the third year of a Ph.D. program in history at the University of Michigan. With two years behind me, I have a virtual ocean of books, articles, conference papers, dissertations, and lectures to read and review before my comprehensive exams at the end of the 2021 academic year. To my left, an unkempt pile of assiduously documented and extensive book notes brushes against my 2014 laptop—ancient now, according to Apple. With corners fraying, the pages of yellow legal paper are well worn—some are tattered.