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Claremont Colleges Library
800 N. Dartmouth Ave
Claremont, CA 91711

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About Ashley


I hold a Ph.D. in History with a specialization in Digital Humanities from Michigan State University. Currently, I am a faculty member in the School of Arts and Humanities at Claremont Graduate University, where I teach courses on DH research methods. I am also the Director of the Claremont Colleges Digital Research Studio. In my last position as Digital Scholarship Coordinator at the Claremont Colleges Library, I ran two 6-week Intro to DH short courses for faculty and graduate students, assisted in planning and facilitating two DH Summer Institutes, launched a DH short course and digital scholarship professional development series for librarians, and founded a semi-annual Library DH Maker Week. Additionally, I am project manager for a new digital learning space at the Claremont Colleges, the "Digital Tool Shed," and am responsible for its design, budget, implementation, and post-renovation management. For more, see

My manuscript explores the formation of settler colonies in the American Midwest and French Algeria. This study seeks to understand the processes by which these two colonies developed through an analysis of the relationships between the métropole, settlers, colonial administrators/military, and indigenous populations. For more on my research and scholarly interests, see:

I have served as a full-time author for GradHacker, my own academic blog, Colonialism Through the Veil, and have written on various digital humanities topics for the CHI blog. My first publication, "A Study of the Teaching Methods of High School History Teachers," appeared in The Social Studies, a peer reviewed journal, in 2008. A trained high school math and history teacher, I have taught both at the secondary and post-secondary levels, and have four years of experience in mathematics education research at Western Michigan University.


Ashley Wiersma, “A Study of the Teaching Methods of High School History Teachers,” The Social Studies 99, no. 3 (2008): 111-116.



Craig Dietrich and Ashley Sanders, "On the Word Digital," DH+Lib, 2016 Special Edition (29 July 2016).

Chelcie Juliet Rowell and Ashley Sanders, "“A Natural Symbiosis”: An Interview with Ashley Sanders," DH+Lib, Scene Report (2 December 2015).

Ashley Sanders, "Data Visualization with Historical Data," Colonialism Through the Veil (27 July 2016).

Ashley Sanders, “Writing Boot Camps,” GradHacker (11 May 2014).

Ashley Sanders, “Visualizing Spatiality in a Colonial Landscape,” Colonialism Through the Veil (10 February 2014).

Ashley Sanders, “Keeping up with the Trends,” GradHacker (13 September 2013)

Ashley Sanders, “Who and What to Follow in the Scholarly Digital World,” GradHacker (19 August 2013).

Ashley Wiersma, “Tackling Productivity Challenges.” GradHacker (29 May 2013). 

Ashley Wiersma, “Creating a Course: Understanding By Design.” GradHacker (14 December 2012).

Ashley Wiersma, “Crafting an Engaging Lecture.” GradHacker. (7 September 2012).



“Building Capacity for DH Work in the Library and Beyond,” Digital Initiatives Symposium, University of San Diego (April 27, 2016).

"Building a DH Community of Practice in the Liberal Arts College Library," Digital Library Federation Forum, Vancouver, BC, Canada (October 25, 2015).

"Librarians Teaching Professors: Reaching Overlooked Adult Learners," Summer Teaching Retreat for Librarians, Santa Ana College (July 23, 2015).

“Exploring the Benefits and Challenges of Digital Art History with Robert Motherwell,” Art Historians of Southern California Conference, Los Angeles, California (October 18, 2014).

“Conquering Land, Settling People: Technologies of Rule in Algeria, 1840-1873,” Society for French Historical Studies Annual Conference, Cambridge, Massachusetts (April 4-6, 2013). 

“Civilization, American Indians, and the Noble Savage Myth in French Colonial and American Discourses,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico (November 15-18, 2012).

“Forging Paths to Intercultural Exchange, Building Bridges to Empire: The Roles of French and Algerian Women in Fashioning and Negotiating the Social Terrain of Colonial Rule,” Fifteenth Berkshire Conference of the History of Women, Amherst, Maryland (June 9-12, 2011), panel organizer.


Director, Digital Research Studio

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Ashley Sanders
Honnold/Mudd Library
800 N Dartmouth Ave
Claremont, CA 91711

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