PhD and MA in Asian Languages & Cultures (Japanese Literature/Book History) from the University of Michigan. MSI in Library & Information Science from the School of Information. Current Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University's Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, and Archive Development Manager of the Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters at Harvard. Soon to be the Japanese Studies Librarian at the University of Pennsylvania. Book historian and aspiring digital literary scholar.
- About: Me, my CV, and this site explained.
- Guides: Annotated bibliographies and resource guides on Japanese literature, Japanese humanities, book history, and digital humanities.
- Projects: Abstract and outline of my dissertation research; full downloadable copy of my dissertation; future directions. Soon to include the source code of a sentiment analysis project written in Java, plus a paper explaining it.
- Blog: My thoughts on professional and creative concerns.
- Links: Links to my favorite sites and resources, including professional resources, blogs on literature and culture, and tech resources.
- New "about" page! I've updated my biography page to reflect my current interests and new directions in my career and research.
- My book history bibliography continues to be updated regularly. Please check it out!
- Personal news: Starting in July, I will become the Japanese Studies Librarian at the University of Pennsylvania!
- Dissertation now available! Check out my dissertation on my projects page. Free to download.
- New research guide! Check out my guide to print resources for Japanese humanities at the University of Michigan libraries. You can find it under "guides" in the main menu. I'm also adding a book history bibliography as a work in progress, and have moved my Aozora reading guide to this section.
- Fixing CSS! This is news that won't be immediately apparent to visitors, but my CSS is quite a disaster area and I'm working both making it clean and modular. In addition, although it may be overkill, I'm moving to using a web framework instead of having to change the menus by hand and worry about inconsistent copy. Especially because I'm putting more information on the site day by day, I'm planning to stick it all in variables instead of hard coded copy on the HTML files. Please feel free to tell me I'm insane, but I'll be learning something new and current in the process, so it will be good.
- Please monitor @mdesjardin on twitter, as it's fast becoming the main way I interact with the world. I am really not kidding. I received a job announcement via Twitter that I would have never otherwise seen. Blame that, the digital humanities community, and all those conferences!
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