Our digital age calls for alternative methods for research and reporting—new stories that help us better address the demands, challenges and opportunities that surround us. As an interdisciplinary field, digital humanities combines the traditional tools and subjects of scholarly inquiry with new technological possibilities to help us analyze and understand where we’ve been, where we are and where we might be headed.

Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences enhances student learning, public engagement and faculty scholarship through a range of digital humanities initiatives, including those featured here.

Students walk across Samford's Lakeshore campus.

The Samford Traditions & Oral History Recording Initiative (STORI) is committed to collecting, preserving, archiving and disseminating oral histories from the Samford community, the Birmingham area, and the state of Alabama.

Diagram of Jesus' social network

Religion professor Jennifer McClure combined the growing field of social network analysis with religious history and biblical studies to examine Jesus’s social network.

Sam.wav artwork

The Sam.wav History Uncompressed podcast explores the history of Samford and our local communities one human narrative at a time.

Wide Angle journal artwork

Wide Angle is a joint publication between Samford English majors and faculty, embodying the interdisciplinary nature of the Department of English and providing a venue for all Samford students, faculty and staff to publish their best critical and creative work about literature and film.

Electra watching over Birmingham, Alabama

The Local is a Samford student-produced print and digital magazine that engages the greater Birmingham community and inspires readers to build a relationship with the city. Through storytelling, contributors illuminate the rich culture of the makers and innovators who bring life to the Magic City.

Google Earth Rise

Samford history professor Jim Brown combined traditional historical tools with Geographic Information Systems to illuminate world history.

Two men tending a small furnace

A rumbling furnace and the sharp clangs of metal striking metal echo the sounds of a young Birmingham, Alabama, as Samford journalism students explore the city’s evolving economy in Sharpening Iron.

Program Director, Oral History
Michelle Little
Assistant Professor, History
Annie DeVries

Digital Humanities News

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Samford Student Magazine Earns National Honor
The Local received an honorable mention in the Single Issue of an Ongoing Magazine—Editorial category from the 2018 AEJMC Student Magazine Competition. There were 17 entries in this category, and The Local received the only honorable mention. 
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Samford Students Document Diverse Alabama Food Traditions
The recordings, featured on STORI’s Sam.wav podcast site, were selected from projects completed in Samford history professor Erin Mauldin’s Food and History course, which had its origins in her own work as a Samford history and biology double-major a little more than a decade ago.