My name’s Tad Suiter. I’m a PhD candidate in History at George Mason University. I’m an Americanist, with a primary focus on the convergence of media, communication, technology, and culture in 19th and 20th century America. I also have a minor field in History and New Media.
My dissertation research deals with the cultural context and history of the first few decades of the daily newspaper comics page, as a localized urban phenomenon that quickly became ubiquitous nationally, and how those changes affected the form and content of the comics. It’s a really fun project and I get to read comics and feel like I’m being responsible. I’m basically living the (geeky) dream.
Currently, I’m working as a Digital Projects Specialist at the Center for Local History at the Arlington Public Library. Getting in at (almost) the ground floor of a local history archive’s digitization process has been a great opportunity to combine my interest in public history with my love of the Digital Humanities. It’s a challenging job, at times, but the work is fun.
When I get sick of computers and dead people, I try to teach myself the ukulele, hunt down old out-of-print Soul and R’n’B, and have an unhealthy relationship with Twitter.