I am Rachel Midura, an Assistant Professor of Digital History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. I completed my PhD at Stanford University in 2020, where I was a senior graduate research fellow at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis. I approach the seventeenth century as an information age created by the printing press and European postal networks. With digital humanities tools, I reconstruct historical relations between objects, people, and places. I design and help manage projects related to the Stanford Mapping the Republic of Letters Project, such as the Early Modern Digital Itineraries and the Grand Tour Projects, which critically examine surviving early modern corpora, increasing accessibility and historical knowledge through digital curation and annotation.
My personal research focuses on the culture of the seventeenth-century post. In my dissertation, “Masters of the Post: Northern Italy and European Communications Network, 1530-1730” I use postal itineraries, epistolary novels, and early newspapers to reconstruct a pan-European network of communication across a turbulent religious and political landscape. I have most recently presented work at the Renaissance Society of America annual conference in 2019 and Sixteenth Century Society annual conference.
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