Amy Larner Giroux, PhD, CG, CGL*
I am a computer research specialist in the Center for Humanities and Digital Research (CHDR) at the University of Central Florida assisting faculty and graduate students with their digital humanities projects.
I completed my doctorate in Texts and Technology from the University of Central Florida in summer 2014. My dissertation, "Kaleidoscopic Community History: Theories of Databased Rhetorical History-Making," included a digital history project about navigating the historical contact zones between whites, blacks, and mixed-race Creoles in early nineteenth-century Pensacola, Florida, and the contact zone with present-day users of the project. I received my MA in Anthropology in 2009 and I was awarded Best in Category for Social Sciences at the 2010 UCF Graduate Research Forum for my poster presentation on my thesis research "Mea Familia: Ethnic Burial Identifiers in St. Michael's Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida."
I have a B.S.E.T. (Computer Technology) and 30 years' experience in software development and project management. I also work as a professional genealogical researcher, lecturer and writer. My genealogical research specialty is New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley. I have articles published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Record, and The Genealogist (American Society of Genealogists). My research interests include historical, cultural, and genealogical research; digital ethnography; digital archives; cemetery burial iconography; and GIS analysis.
I am also a co-author of "Teaching the Repulsive Memorial," in Pedagogies of Public Memory: Teaching Writing and Rhetoric at Museums, Archives, and Memorials, edited by Laurie Grobman and Jane Greer (Routledge, 2015).
*The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board-certified associates following periodic, peer-reviewed competency evaluations.