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Dr. Andrew J. Torget
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Dr. Andrew J. Torget
Assistant Professor-History
 
Office LocationWooten Hall, Room No.: 258 
Email  andrew.torget@unt.edu    Contact Number 940-369-5116   
Graduate Faculty Membership Status: Full Membership-Permanent   
toggle toggle Professional Preparation
 DegreeMajor/Thesis/DissertationInstitutionYear
 Doctor of PhilosophyAmerican HistoryUniversity of Virginia2009
 Master of ArtsAmerican HistoryUniversity of Virginia2002
 Bachelor of ArtsHistoryTexas A&M University2001
toggle toggle Courses Taught By Semester --- Organized Classes will be uploaded from THECB Data file
SemesterSubjectCourse NumberSectionCourse NameCalculated Semester Credit HoursSyllabus 
Spring 2014HIST4700001Texas Download Syllabus
Fall 2013HIST4700001Texas Download Syllabus
Spring 2013HIST4700001Texas Download Syllabus
Fall 2012HIST4700001Texas Download Syllabus
Summer 2011HIST4700001Texas Download Syllabus
Spring 2011HIST2620002History of the United States Since 1865 Download Syllabus
Spring 2011HIST4700001Texas Download Syllabus
Fall 2010HIST4700001Texas Download Syllabus
Spring 2010HIST4700001Texas330 
Spring 2010HIST5110001Studies in United States History39 
Fall 2009HIST4700001Texas333 
toggle toggle Research and Expertise
Digital Austin Papers
 
Digital humanities project to develop new methods of understanding the movement of people and ideas throughout the U.S.-Mexican borderlands. This project is developing text-mining and digital mapping tools in order to understand the writings of Stephen F. Austin, the leading figure in the migration of Anglo-Americans into Mexican territory during the early nineteenth century.

Mapping Historical Texts: Combining Text-Mining and Geo-Visualization to Unlock the Research Potential of Historical Newspapers
 
Mapping Texts
Collaboration between UNT and Stanford University to explore how advanced techniques in text-mining and digital mapping can transform how scholars can explore massive collections of historical sources, such as millions of words in digitized historical newspapers.

Texas Slavery Project
 
Texas Slavery Project
Digital humanities project developing new methods in geo-visualization and text-mining on historical sources in order to understand the spread of slavery and slaveholders into the U.S.-Mexican borderlands during the nineteenth century.

Visions of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850
 
Completing a book on how the rise of the global cotton economy during the nineteenth century transformed the shared borderlands of the United States and Mexico, pushing the region into a series of wars that remade the continent and set the stage for the American Civil War.

toggle toggle Appointments
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)RankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2009-presentAssistant ProfessorDepartment of HistoryCollege of Arts and SciencesUniversity of North Texas
2007-2009DirectorDigital Scholarship Lab University of Richmond
2003-2009Project DirectorVirginia Center for Digital HistoryCollege of Arts and SciencesUniversity of Virginia
2006InstructorDepartment of HistoryCollege of Arts and SciencesUniversity of Virginia
2002-2004Teaching AssociateDepartment of HistoryCollege of Arts and SciencesUniversity of Virginia
toggle toggle Faculty Workload
Duration (YYYY - YYYY)Percentage TeachingPercentage ResearchPercentage Service
2013-2014304030
2012-2013305020
2011-2012305020
2010-2011305020
toggle toggle Publications
  Type  Publications per page   1  2 3 4 
  YearPublication  Type
2013
Published
This Corner of Canaan: Essays on Texas in Honor of Randolph B. Campbell
Co-Editor
University of North Texas Press
Books Edited
2013
Published
"Stephen F. Austin's Views on Slavery in Early Texas," in This Corner of Canaan: Essays on Texas
Author
University of North Texas Press
Book chapters
2012
Published
"A Conversation with Digital Historians"
with Scott Nesbit and Robert Nelson
Southern Spaces
Journal Articles
2012
Published
"La Gran Inundacion de San Antonio de Bexar"
 
Revista BiCentenario
Magazine/newsletter articles
2012
Published
"Mapping Texts: Visualizing American Historical Newspapers"
Co-author
Journal of Digital Humanities
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
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  Type  Conference Publications per page   1  
  YearPublication  TypeAcceptance Rate
2011
Published
"Topic Modeling on Historical Newspapers"
Elisa Yang, Andrew J. Torget, Rada Mihalcea
Association for Computational Linguistics
Refereed 
toggle toggle Lectures/Symposia
YearTitleRoleOrganization
2013"Slavery in Modern North America"PanelistClements Center, SMU
2013"What Every Graduate Student Needs to Know About Digital Humanities"Invited LectureTexas A&M University
2013"Understanding the Digital Humanities"Invited LectureTexas A&M University
2013"What I Learned from Building My Own Digital Project as a Graduate Student"Invited LectureDuke University
2013"The Promise and Perils of Doing History in the Digital Age"Invited LectureDuke University
2013"The Problem of Slavery in Early Texas"Invited LectureSan Angelo State University
2013"The Promise and Perils of Digitized Historical Newspapers"Invited LectureSummersell Center for the Study of the South, University of Alabama
2012"What Does Ten Million Words Look Lke?"Invited LectureNational Digital Newspaper Program, Library of Congress
2012"Mapping Texts: Visualizing Historical American Newspapers"Invited LectureDigital Humanities Colloquium, UNT
2012"The Promise and Perils of Doing History in the Digital Age"Invited LectureDigital Humanities Initiative, University of Houston
2011"What Can Digital Tools Tell Us About Slavery in the Texas Borderlands?"Invited LectureClements Center for the Study of the Southwest, Southern Methodist University
2011"Slavery, African-Americans, and the Texas Revolution"Invited LectureTexas General Land Office
2011"The Situations of Digital Humanities"ChairTexas Institute for Literacy and Textual Studies, University of Texas
2011"Managing Scholarly Digital Projects from Start to Finish"Invited LectureThe Humanities and Technology Camp, Rice University
2010"The Slave Frontier in Texas and Mexico"Invited LectureTeaching of History Conference, University of North Texas
2010"Slavery and the Southwest: Mapping People and Ideas in Early Texas"Invited LectureTexas Map Society
2010"Does the Digital Revolution Mean the End of the Humanities?"Invited LectureRice University
2010"The Slaveholders' Republic"Invited LectureTenth Annual San Jacinto Symposium, University of Houston
2010"Can Historians Survive the 21st Century?"Keynote AddressAnnual Meeting of the Texas Heritage Digitization Initiative, Austin, TX
2010"Collaborative Digital Scholarship: Can Historians Survive the 21st Century?"Invited LectureStanford University Humanities Center
2010"The South into the West: Visualizing the Spread of Slavery"Invited LectureBill Lane Center for the Study of the American West, Stanford University
2009"Digital Scholarship and What It Means for Your Campus"Invited LectureChronicle of Higher Education Technology Forum
2008"What If We Could See History?"Invited LectureHarvard University
2008“Two Decades in the Trenches: Reports from the Frontline of Digital Teaching and Learning,”Keynote Address20th annual conference of the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications (WCET)
2006Freedmen's Bureau Project SymposiumFeatured PanelistNational Archives, Washington, DC
2006“Historians Teaching about the American South,”Co-Director of Virginia Center for Digital History workshopsponsored by the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education, University of Virginia
toggle toggle Presentations and Projects
  Presentations/Projects per page   1  2 3 4 
Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2013 2013 "Exploring the Digital Humanities," Texas Library Association Annual Conference, April 2013
2012 2012 "Digital History: State of the Field," roundtable panelist at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, January 2012
2012 2012 "The Valley of the Shadow and Its Progeny After 20 Years," roundtable panelist at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, January 2012
2012 2012 "Mapping Historical Newspapers," at the Digital Frontiers Conference, University of North Texas, September 2012
2012 2012 "Stephen F. Austin's Views on Slavery in Early Texas," at the Texas State Historical Association annual meeting, March 2012
toggle toggle External Funding
 Performance Period (YYYY - YYYY or Present)TitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2011-2012Digital Stephen F. Austin PapersSummerlee Foundation25,000Principal InvestigatorActive
2010-2011Mapping Historical Texts: Combining Text-Mining and Geo-Visualization to Unlock the Research Potential of Historical NewspapersNational Endowment for the Humanities, Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, Level II50,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2008-2009Visualizing the Past: Tools and Techniques for Understanding Historical ProcessesNational Endowment for the Humanities, Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, Level I19,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2008-2009History Engine: Tools for Collaborative Research and EducationNITLE Instructional Innovation Grant26,800Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2007-2008History Engine: Tools for Collaborative Research and EducationNational Institute for Technology and Liberal Education Grant24,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2005-2007Texas Slavery ProjectSummerlee Foundation Grant17,500Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2005Investigating the Archives of Northern MexicoSouthern Historical Research Grant, University of Virginia5,000OtherCompleted
toggle toggle Peer Reviewer Activities
YearAgency/OrganizationField of Expertise
2011Southwestern Historical QuarterlyUS-Mexico borderlands
2011University of Texas PressSlavery in the Americas
2010National Endowment for the HumanitiesDigital humanities
2009National Endowment for the HumanitiesDigital humanities
2009Western Historical QuarterlyUS-Mexico borderlands
2009University of Texas PressSlavery in the Americas
toggle toggle Affiliations
Organization of American Historians
American Historical Association
Southern Historical Association
Texas State Historical Association
East Texas Historical Association
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History Engine: Tools for Collaborative Research and Education
 
History Engine
The History Engine is an educational tool that gives students the opportunity to learn history by doing the work--researching, writing, and publishing--of a historian. The result is an ever-growing collection of historical articles or "episodes" that paints a wide-ranging portrait of life in the United States throughout its history and that is available to scholars, teachers, and the general public in our online database.

toggle toggle Committees
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)CommitteePositionClassification
2011-PresentUniversity LibraryMember 
2013-2014Search Committee for Dean of College of Arts and SciencesMember 
2012-2014History Dept, Graduate Student CommitteeMember 
2012-2014History Dept, Library CommitteeMember 
2010-2011Strategic Plan Committee, University LibraryMember 
toggle toggle Honors and Recognitions
YearTitleHonoring Organization
2011David J. Weber Fellow for the Study of Southwestern AmericaClements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University
2010Finalist, C. Vann Woodward AwardSouthern Historical Association
2009NITLE Community Contribution Award, for work on History EngineNational Institute for Technology and Liberal Education
2007Raven Society Research FellowshipUniversity of Virginia
2006Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred Research Fellowship in Texas HistoryTexas State Historical Association
2005Classics Award for History, for work on the Valley of the Shadow ProjectMultimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT)
2002, 04, 05, 06Robert J. Huskey Travel FellowshipUniversity of Virginia
2001-2004Southern FellowshipUniversity of Virginia
toggle toggle Professional Community Engagement
YearOrganizationRoleType of Service
2013-PresentWilliam J. Hill Artisans and Artists Archive, Houston Museum of Fine ArtsAdvisory Board 
2012-Present"Day at UNT" programDirectorDirects program that brings area 7th-graders to UNT for a day of exploring life at a university.
2011-2012Dolph Briscoe Center for American History's National Digital Newspaper Project, University of TexasAdvisory Board 
2011Texas Supreme CourtTexas State Court Records Preservation Task Force, Committee Member 
2011Texas State Historical AssociationProgram Committee 
2010-2012Texas State Historical AssociationHandbook of Texas Committee 
2010-2012Texas State Historical AssocationDigital Task Force Committee Member 
2007-2008Southern Historical AssociationMembership Committee 
2005-2006Director of the Virginia Center for Digital History, University of VirginiaSearch Committee 
2002-2003Department of History, University of VirginiaChair of the Southern History Seminar 
toggle toggle Additional Information
DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP
http://www.TexasSlaveryProject.org
Texas Slavery Project, Founder and Director, 2004-Present

A digital humanities project that examines the spread of slavery from the United States into Mexico, using interactive digital mapping and text-mining techniques. Project development sponsored by a grant from the Summerlee Foundation of Dallas, Texas.


DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP
http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/
The Valley of the Shadow Project, Project Manager and Co-Editor, 2003-2007

Award-winning digital humanities project based at the University of Virginia. The Valley of the Shadow Project documents the coming, fighting, and aftermath of the American Civil War through a hypermedia archive.


DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP
http://www.HistoryEngine.org
History Engine, Co-Founder and Director, 2005-Present

The History Engine is a teaching tool focused on using technology to make active learning and student collaboration a central part of the university classroom. Project development sponsored by grants from the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education.


DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP
http://mappingtexts.org/
Mapping Texts, Co-Founder and Director, 2010-2012

Collaboration between UNT and Stanford University to explore how advanced techniques in text-mining and digital mapping can transform how scholars can explore massive collections of historical sources, such as millions of words in digitized historical newspapers


DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP:
http://americanpast.richmond.edu/voting
Voting America: United States Politics, 1840-2008, Director, 2006-2009

Digital humanities project that examines the evolution of U.S. presidential politics from the beginning of the modern party system through the present day, offering cinematic and interactive visualizations of voting during the last 42 presidential elections.


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