molly's cv

Click to view my current CV in PDF format. (I swear I will format it in a friendlier way one of these days, but bear with me for now.)

contact molly

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about molly


I originally hail from Rochester, NY, but have been bouncing around all over since college at University of Pittsburgh (BS Computer Science, BA History). I spent several years in various regions of Japan: I was a JET ALT in the rural suburbs of Fukuoka, lived in a slum in Yokohama while attending IUC language school, and finally, got to enjoy one of the most decidedly uncool wards of Tokyo and ride the Toden Arakawa tram to Ikebukuro Sunshine City when not wearing a mask around moldy Meiji periodicals in the basement of a Nihon University campus library. At the end of these adventures, I was awarded a PhD in Asian Languages & Cultures and MSI in Library & Information Science from the University of Michigan.

After a brief interlude at Harvard's Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies as a postdoc and project manager, I finally ended up in Philadelphia to join the Penn Libraries. I worked for nearly seven years as the Japanese Studies Librarian and liaison for Korean studies. This position also allowed me to co-found the text analysis learning group WORD LAB at the library and I went on to run it for over five years. Now I am back to my roots: the work I did at Harvard on the JDArchive is essentially what I am now tasked with, on a larger and more complex scale, at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (in other words, messy data wrangling). It just wasn't called data science back then!

Back in 2018, I taught the first seminar on East Asian Digital Humanities in the English-speaking world (as far as I am aware!) at Penn, with nine amazing students from various backgrounds and departments. I do not plan on teaching again in basically any capacity (although you never know), so please take advantage my public domain syllabus which is freely available on this site's guides page. You can also peruse talks I've given about the course on the presentations page. I condensed and updated the general idea for an invited workshop at Arizona State University in 2019 and you can view, share, and repurpose the resource list I made for them too (also linked to from the guides page). I'm still working on turning the workshop and seminar materials I've made over the years into something more HTML-based and user-friendly -- please be patient with me or even better, help me out.

The research I have always been most passionate about revolves largely around Meiji book history (plus bonus 21st-century ruins and infrastructure photography books from Japan!). I still love it and have much more to say, but I am only human (so in other words, it has yet to be written). My dissertation, full of the beginnings of ideas, is openly available (and you can see a detailed abstract to save some time). The publications page has citations and copies that I am allowed to post of articles, chapters, reviews, and so on, that I have written since then to further refine the ideas in my thesis. My ongoing interests are "wide-ranging" to describe it charitably; the reality is that I bite off more than I can chew and try to go and do it anyway.