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

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 lived for several years in diverse regions of Japan: the rural suburbs of Fukuoka, a slum in Yokohama, and one of the most decidedly uncool wards of Tokyo. In the meantime, I earned a PhD in Asian Languages & Cultures (fieldwork at Nihon University thanks to the Japan Foundation) and an MSI in Library & Information Science at the University of Michigan.

After a year at Harvard's Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies as a postdoc, I finally ended up in Philadelphia in 2013 to join the Penn Libraries. I worked for nearly seven years as the Japanese Studies Librarian and was also the liaison for Korean studies. In the midst of this, I co-founded the text analysis learning group WORD LAB in the library and went on to run or help run it for over five years, until I took a position at the Annenberg Public Policy Center as a data analyst in 2020. Surprisingly, the work I did at Harvard on the JDArchive is essentially what I am doing on a larger and more complex scale at APPC (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. While I do not plan on teaching a formal course again, you can find the syllabus on this site's guides page and talks I've given about the course on the presentations page. I condensed and updated the general idea of the course 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.