Jana Keck

Research Fellow, Digital History

German Historical Institute Washington
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Biographical Summary

Jana Keck is research fellow in Digital History. She studied English and American studies and linguistics at the University of Stuttgart. Before joining the GHI in 2020, she was working in “Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914” (DFG), a research project that boasted a team of scholars from seven countries in Europe and the Americas to study transnational news circulation in C19 newspapers. Her PhD project “Text Mining America’s German-Language Newspapers, 1830-1914: Processing Ger(wo)manness” uses digitized newspapers and computational methods to examine reprinting practices and genre conventions in German-American newspapers. In 2021, the project received the first Peter Haber Prize for Digital History at the “53. Deutscher Historikertag” (German Historians Conference). She coordinates the GHI’s research area Digital History and the institute’s project “Migrant Connections,” a digital research infrastructure for German-American History. 

Jana Keck's ORCID

Main Areas of Interest

  • Digital Humanities (Text Mining, Machine Learning, Visual Analytics)
  • American and Transnational History (C19 German Migration to the US)
  • Periodical Studies (Historical Newspapers)