Over the years I have run a number of workshops and trainings on quantitative methods in the humanities.

These trainings are designed to help people getting their feet wet with using digital methods in a classroom or research setting. I love when people get excited about the possibilities that are available to them once they understand what the software in question can do. 

I am most known in scholarly circles for the following resources:

  • My Getting Started with AntConc workshop offers a step-by-step guide given to participants in Strathclyde’s Digital Humanities Workshop #3: AntConc, on 20 May 2014. An alternative version for the slightly more advanced user is available as a Programming Historian lesson and has enjoyed a thriving second life, having been since translated into Spanish and French.
  • I often teach introductory text analysis in a classroom setting using Voyant Tools, a web-based platform for analyzing texts using a bunch of different visualization methods. I’ve developed a little worksheet for teachers and students who want to use this platform in the classroom and need a little guidance on how to interpret what’s on offer with Voyant Tools.
  • Sometimes Humanities-trained researchers need help understanding spreadsheets and I have taught this several times in a rather ad-hoc way. In June 2021 I formalized this with my Gentle Introduction to Excel and Spreadsheets for Humanities People workshop, which offers a broad overview of what spreadsheets do and how to engage with them for absolute beginners.

I would love to visit your institution and teach any of these. Please contact me at hgf5 at psu dot edu if you are interested in arranging a visit.


In addition to these three resources, I also do more bespoke trainings on digital humanities and other quantitative methods for the humanities. Below are some sample workshops I have presented.

Drag and drop it, zip – unzip it, view it, code it: What are Digital Humanities [slides]

What do you do with millions of words? [slides]

Write it, cut it, paste it, save it: Digital Humanities Projects [slides]

This New World of Words: Corpus approaches to Text [slides]


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