William G. Thomas

William G. Thomas is the Angle Chair in the Humanities and Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of The Iron Way: Railroads, the Civil War, and the Making of Modern America (Yale University Press, 2011). He held a Digital Innovation Fellowship in 2008 from the American Council of Learned Societies, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Digging into Data research grant for "Railroads and the Making of Modern America." Thomas also served as the Visiting Professor of North American Studies at the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library in London, England in 2008. He was the Director of the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia from 1998-2005, and a co-editor of The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War.


What We Think We Will Build and What We Build in Digital Humanities

After five years “workin’ on the railroad,” I find myself confronting one of the central paradoxes of doing digital humanities–what Jerome McGann, one of the leading scholars of electronic texts, calls the problem of imagining what you don’t know.

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