Sharon is a Lecturer in Digital Humanities at the University of Sussex, History Department and a member of the Sussex Humanities Lab. She is a historian of Irish associational culture and nationalism (eighteenth and nineteenth century) and a digital humanities practitioner, with a background in requirements/user analysis, digital preservation, digital archiving, text encoding and data modelling. Sharon also has programming and coding experience and has contributed to the successful development of major national digital infrastructures.
Sharon’s current research interests include community archives and identity, with a special interest in LGBTQ+ archives, social network analysis (method and theory), and research data management.
In 2018 Sharon ran Identity, Representation and Preservation in Community Digital Archives and Collections, a 12-month project funded by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (April 2018 – March 2019). You can visit the original project website here.