Miriam Posner
3318 Rolfe Hall

Miriam Posner

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Film Studies and American Studies, Yale University
  • Master of Philosophy in Film Studies and American Studies, Yale University
  • Master of Arts in Film Studies and American Studies, Yale University
  • B.A., History, Reed College

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Digital humanities
  • Digital labor
  • Infrastructure
  • Histories and theories of data
  • Data and global capital
  • Materialist feminism
  • Museums in the digital age


Book Manuscript

Seeing Like a Supply Chain: The Hidden Life of Logistics (in preparation; under advance contract with Yale University Press)

Peer-Reviewed Journal and Book Articles

“Digital Humanities.” In The Craft of Criticism: Critical Media Studies in Practice, edited by Mary Celeste Kearney and Michael Kackman, 331–46. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2018.

“Khaki Fever, Charity Girls, and The End of the Road: Hostile Worlds of Sex and Commerce in an Early Sexual Hygiene Film,” Communicating Good Health: Movies, Medicine, and the Cultures of Risk in the Twentieth Century (University of Rochester, 2018)

Posner, Miriam, and Marika Cifor“Generative Tensions: Building a Digital Project on Early African American Race Film.” American Quarterly 70, no. 3 (September 29, 2018): 709–14.

“Tracing a Community of Practice: A Database of Early African-American Race Film” (with Marika Cifor), Moving Image 17.2 (Fall 2017).

“The Early African-American Race Film Database” (with Marika Cifor, Hanna Girma, Wiliam Lam, and Shanya Norman), Journal of Open Humanities Data.

“Data as Media” (with Lauren Klein), Feminist Media Histories 3:3 (Summer 2017).

“What’s Next: The Radical, Unrealized Potential of Digital Humanities,” and “Here and There: Building Community in the Digital Humanities,” in Lauren Klein and Matthew Gold, ed., Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota, 2016).

“How is a Digital Project Like a Film?” in Charles Acland and Eric Hoyt, ed., The Arclight Guide to Media Studies and Digital Humanities (REFRAME, 2016).

“No Half Measures: Overcoming Common Challenges to Doing Digital Humanities in the Library,” Journal of Library Administration 53:1 (January 2013).

Think Talk Make Do: Power and the Digital Humanities,” Journal of Digital Humanities 1:2 (June 2012).

SPEC Survey on Digital Humanities Services in Libraries (with Tim Bryson, Frances Maloy, Alain St. Pierre, and Stewart Varner), Association of Research Libraries, March 2011.

“Communicating Disease: Germ Theory and Narrative in Thomas Edison’s Red Cross Seal Films,” in Marsha Orgeron et al., Learning with the Lights Out: An Educational Film Reader (Oxford, 2011).