Awarded to a graduate student doing digital scholarship with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.
Jessica Dauterive is a doctoral candidate in the History and Art History Department specializing in 20th century US cultural history. She came to George Mason University from her home state of Louisiana, where she earned a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in local public history from the University of New Orleans. Her dissertation project, Imagining Acadiana: Cajun Identity in Modern Louisiana, explores how Cajun identity developed in Southwest Louisiana through a regional investment in mass culture. Jessica is a graduate research assistant at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media where she has contributed to various public-facing digital projects as a researcher, project manager, outreach coordinator, and collaborator. Currently, she is working as lead researcher on a National Endowment for the Humanities funded project called Hearing the Americas that invites users to explore the transnational roots of the early recording industry. She is also working on her own music history projects that consider how computational methods can give new insights into the experience of radio listenership and the role of race and class in the development of music genre in the twentieth century. After finishing her degree, Jessica plans to continue working in the fields of history and digital humanities as an educator or a public history professional.