Carla GeronaHello and welcome to my webspace!
I am a historian working at Georgia Tech, and I created this “webspace” as a place to share my work and to experiment with new ways of doing history using digital technologies. My specialty areas include early America, the Texas borderlands, and the Atlantic World. I write and teach about these topics and have received several distinguished prizes, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship. My first book, Night Journeys, explored the significance of Quaker dreaming. I am currently working on, “More than Six Flags,” about the east Texas borderlands. I am also interested in doing historical work with images. For example, I teach a class called “Introduction to Museum Studies,” in which students curate historical exhibits. I hope you enjoy this site!
BIOGRAPHY AND C.V.
Guess which one is true:
A. Carla climbed Mount Kilamanjaro
B. Carla worked on Pee Wee’s Playhouse.
Click on biography and C.V. to find out.
More about this site:
Over twenty years ago, at my first history job, I created a “faculty profile” website – this was still the early days of the internet for most of us. I did not take that website with me when I changed jobs (which I did three times). My new schools had faculty pages, and so I provided the requested information for their templates. I could have added links to a “personal website,” but I never saw a need. Why replicate the same information that was already on the school website?
My hope is that as I jump into building digital spaces this time, I can be more creative- and experiment with new paths for doing history, teaching history, and displaying the past. In Digital History, Daniel Cohen and Roy Rosenzwieg wrote that “new technologies have challenged historians to rethink the ways that they research, write, present, and teach about the past.” For many years, I have adopted such new technologies in my classrooms and research. My goal here is to construct this webspace so that I can continue a journey that I have taken mostly in my classrooms and research and share my ideas in a more public space.
Like most department faculty sites, this website also has some more traditional components. For example, you can locate information about my classes and research, including teaching tools, publication links, and biographic materials. I may add news and blog posts in the future. But most of all, I envision this site as a digital worksite, where I can share ideas from my classrooms and my research, and develop new ideas– wherever they may go.
I would like to give special thanks to Georgia Tech, particularly the Provost Teaching and Learning Fellowship community, my colleagues in the School of History and Sociology, and all my students, including my former student, Hayden Gregg, who went on to Graduate School in museum studies and helped me design the initial framework for this website. (Atlanta, August 2019)