Professor of History, Normandale Community College. 2020-present

Interim Director of Academic Technology, Carleton College, 2019-2020.

Academic Technologist for Instructional Technology, Carleton College, 2016-2020.


George Mason University, 2016
PhD, History and Art History
Specialties: US History, American Art and Visual Culture, Civil Rights History, Digital History, Pedagogy
Dissertation (access to full digital project available by request): They Need You! Disability, Visual Culture, and the Poster Child, 1945-1980
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Suzanne Smith (chair), Dr. Ellen Wiley Todd, Dr. Stephen Robertson

University of Calgary, 2011
MA, History
Thesis: “‘Ease, Grace, Beauty, and Correctness’: Photography and Visual Culture in the South, 1839-1861”

California State University, Bakersfield, 2009
BA, History. Minor, Philosophy.
Cum Laude


Normandale Community College:

World History 1

World History 2

Minnesota History

Family: A Cross-Cultural Historical Perspective

Carleton College:

Designing for Diversity: Anthropology and New Technologies (SOAN 161), co-instructor with Dr. Janell Rothenberg, 2017

University of Pennsylvania:

Cultural Diversity and Digital Humanities (RELS 446), Dr. Timothy B. Powell
Co-Instructor of digital humanities methods and tools modules

George Mason University:

History 615/688: Teaching “Hidden” History, a hybrid graduate-level research course funded by 4-VA
Associate Project Director and Instructor

Hidden in Plain Sight and Virginia Studies (online, asynchronous teacher professional development courses), 2012-2015


Sharpe, Celeste Tường Vy and Carly J. Born, “Affective Labor and the Balancing Act for Women in Academic Technology,” in Affect and Alt-Ac, ed. Lee Skallerup-Bessette (Kansas University Press, forthcoming).

“Precarity and Promise: Negotiating Research Ethics and Copyright in a History Dissertation,” in Shaping the Digital Dissertation: Topics in Knowledge Production, eds. Virginia Kuhn, Anke Finger, Kathie Gossett (Open Book Publishers, forthcoming).

Sharpe, Celeste Tường Vy, The Eugenic Rubicon, Journal of American History, Volume 106, Issue 3, December 2019, Pages 856–857,

“Digital Dissertations and the Changing Nature of Doctoral Work,” Perspectives on History, American Historical Association (2019).

“Making Digital Humanities Tools More Culturally Specific and More Culturally Sensitive,” in Digital Humanities Pedagogy and the Long Nineteenth Century, eds. Jessica DeSpain and Jennifer Travis (University of Illinois Press, 2019).

Sharpe, Celeste and Janell Rothenberg, “Move Slow and Fix Things: Teaching Computer Science Majors to Decode Discrimination and Design Diverse Futures,” Transformations: the Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy 28:2 (2018).

Teaching Hidden History: Student Outcomes from a Distributed, Collaborative, Hybrid History Course,” The History Teacher. Co-authored with Kelly Schrum, Nate Sleeter, and Anthony Pellegrino. 51:4 (2018).

Review of Devlieger, Patrick; Miranda-Galarza, Beatriz; Brown, Steven E.; Strickfaden, Megan, eds., Rethinking Disability: World Perspectives in Culture and Society (Second Edition). H-Disability, H-Net Reviews. December, 2017.

“A History Dissertation Goes Digital,” Interview for Perspectives on History, American Historical Association (2017).

“From a Scottish Tartan to Two Oily Hands: Students Reveal Historical Narratives in Familiar Artifacts,” The American Historian. Co-authored with Kelly Schrum, Nate Sleeter, and Anthony Pellegrino. 2015.

Review of Brune, Jeffrey A.; Wilson, Daniel J., eds., Disability and Passing: Blurring the Lines of Identity. H-Disability, H-Net Reviews. June, 2014.

“Beyond Flipping Classrooms,” Co-authored with Nate Sleeter and Kelly Schrum. Inside Higher Ed, June 2014.

“How We Learned to Drop the Quiz: Writing in Online Asynchronous Courses,” with Nate Sleeter and Kelly Schrum. Web Writing, University of Michigan Press, 2014.


Consultant, Journal for the History of Netherlandish Art, 2017-18
Consulting on digital project proposal and grant preparation

Website redesign, Disability History Association, 2016
Co-project manager and designer with Jannelle Legg. Deliverable: an accessibility-forward WordPress site.

Content creator, Eisenhower Memorial, 2016. Researched and developed content for interactive timeline and K-12 lesson plans.

DH Bridge, one-day DH workshops aimed at increasing diversity within the DH coding community
Co-Creator with Jeri Wieringa
Workshops held: November 2014 at George Mason University

Website redesign, Society of Civil War Historians, 2015
Project manager, lead designer and developer for a WordPress child theme

Doing Digital History: NEH-ODH Summer Institute, 2014
Graduate Research Assistant: curriculum preparation, workshop instruction, logistical support

Rebuilding the Portfolio: DH for Art Historians, 2014
Graduate Research Assistant: curriculum preparation, workshop instruction, logistical support

Rails Girls Digital Humanities, co-organizer, September 2013

Society for the History of Children and Youth, SHCY Digital Fellow and Website Coordinator, 2012-2015

Content creator, Historic Huntley, 2012. Researched and developed content for site-based tours and K-12 educational programs.

Workshops & Presentations

“Crossing Borders: Centering Accessibility in Inclusive Teaching Practices,” paper presentation with Ben Gottfried (St. Olaf College) at International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) annual conference, October 2019.

“Deep Collaboration and the Labor of Digital Pedagogy in a Liberal Arts Context,” roundtable discussant at Digital Frontiers, September 2019.

“Move Slow and Fix things: Teaching Computer Science Majors to Decode and Decolonize Tech,” paper presentation at Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) 2019, May 2019.

“The Future is Now: Lessons Learned from 3 Digital Dissertations in History,” roundtable discussant at AHA annual conference, January 2019.

“Perspectives on connecting SoTL across the (co-) curriculum at a small liberal arts college,” poster presentation with Sarah Calhoun, Melissa Eblen-Zayas, Iris Jastram, Kristin Partlo, and Janet Russell at International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning annual conference, October 2018.

“Enhancing undergraduate digital research methods and skills by connecting (co-)curricular learning opportunities,” presentation with Sarah Calhoun, Austin Mason, Andrew Wilson at Evidence to Scholarship conference, Reed College, March 2018.

Invited speaker, Vivero bootcamp, Grinnell College, August 2017.

“Temporal loci and mixed reality: an experiment in diversifying visualizations of time and space,” poster presentation with Sarah Calhoun and Andrew Wilson at dh2017, August 2017.

“Envisioning Disability and Family: Poster Child Imagery in Post-World War II America,” paper presentation at American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 2017.

Invited Speaker, roundtable on “Writing, Creating, Editing” at Publishing Art History Digitally: The Present and Future, The Institute for Fine Arts, New York, October 2016.

“DH Bridge: Teaching Computational Thinking in the Digital Humanities,” poster presentation with Jeri Wieringa at dh2016, July 2016.

“Teaching Hidden History: A Hybrid Course Across Institutions,” presentation at the Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference, George Mason University, September 2015.

“Creating the Poster Child: Representations of Childhood in Public Health Campaigns, 1945-1980,” poster presentation at Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood II, University of Lethbridge, May 2015.

“Teaching Hidden Histories in Online Asynchronous Courses,” poster presentation at Teaching History: Fostering Historical Thinking Across the K-16 Continuum, UC Berkeley, May 2015.

“I Need Them: toward a media-rich, networked study of disability, representation, and values in post-World War II America,” Heidelberg Spring Academy, Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Heidelberg, Germany, March 2015.

Teaching American History and the Civil War for K-12 teachers, Arlington, VA, August 2013.

De-MOOCing the Past: Alternative Approaches to Online History Courses, THATCamp Prime, June 2013.

“New England in Dixie: Photography in the South, 1839-1861,” given at Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, MA. March 2013.

Awards and Fellowships

Travel Bursary to present at DH 2016 (with Jeri Wieringa), Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations, 2016.
Penn Predoctoral Fellowship for Excellence in Diversity, University of Pennsylvania, 2015-2016
ACH Microgrant (with Jeri Wieringa) for “Bridging the Gap: Women, Code, and the Digital Humanities,” 2014
Joseph and Dorothy Censer Fellowship, George Mason University, 2014
Mckinnon-Morton Dissertation Fellowship, George Mason University, 2013
Vision Award, George Mason University, 2012
James H. George Scholarship Award, California State University, Bakersfield, 2008-2009