Ashley Sanders Garcia

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Vice-Chair & Core Faculty, DH Program

Ashley Sanders Garcia is Vice Chair and a core faculty member in the Digital Humanities program at UCLA. She holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialization in Digital Humanities from Michigan State University and a B.S. in both History and Mathematics from Western Michigan University.  A comparative colonial historian, her research explores the development of settler colonies in the United States and French Algeria.  Her first publication, “A Study of the Teaching Methods of High School History Teachers,” appeared in The Social Studies, a peer reviewed journal, in 2008. Her most recent publications include a chapter on building a DH program, which will appear in the latest book in the Debates in DH series, Institutions, Infrastructures at the Interstices (forthcoming), a maturity framework for DH centers (, and the University of Nebraska Press is currently considering her manuscript, Between Two Fires: The Origins of Settler Colonialism in the United States and French Algeria, for publication.

Currently, she is working on two articles that she will submit to the International Journal of Middle East Studies. The first article explores the role of ethnicity, kinship networks and patronage in Ottoman provincial governance and sheds new light on the political economy of Algeria during the Ottoman Regency period. The second article is a close-reading of Algerian resistance leader Ahmed Bey’s memoir that explores local and exogenous definitions of indigeneity during the transition from Ottoman to French rule in early to mid-nineteenth-century Algeria.


  • Joan K. Lippincott, Quinn Dombrowski, Ashley Sanders, et. al., “Building Capacity for Digital Humanities: A Framework for Institutional Planning,” EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research/Coalition for Networked Information (May 30, 2017). Available at:
  • Ashley Sanders, et. al., “Librarians Doing DH: A Team and Project-Based Approach to Digital Humanities in the Library,” Collaborative Librarianship: 9, no. 2, Article 6 (2017). Available at:
  • Ashley Wiersma, “A Study of the Teaching Methods of High School History Teachers,” The Social Studies 99, no. 3 (2008): 111-116.

Pending Publications:

  • Ashley Sanders, et. al., “Building a DIY Community of Practice,” in Debates in DH: Institutions, Infrastructure at the Interstices, eds. Angel David Nieves, et. al. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Forthcoming).
  • “Going Alt Ac: How to Begin,” in Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities (Modern Language Association, Forthcoming).


Between Two Fires: The Origins of Settler Colonialism in the United States and French Algeria


  • Introduction to Digital Humanities (Fall 2018)
  • Power and Authority on the Early American Frontier: Explorations with Network Analysis (Winter 2019)