Kaci Nash

M.A.

Résumé

Summary of Qualifications

  • Trained historian with research experience in Family and Social History, New Military History, and Digital History
  • Extensive experience in reading and transcribing nineteenth-century legal and personal documents
  • Highly literate in technology—able to master computer programs and processes with little or no training
  • Competent in all Windows platforms and Apple operating systems, Microsoft Office Suite, Open Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, HTML, CSS, XML, TEI, PHP, Subversion, Omeka, and WordPress
  • Over seven years of administrative experience, including file management, record keeping, and subordinate supervision
  • Excellent writing skills—awarded the Lowe R. & Mavis M. Folsom Distinguished Master's Thesis Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Office of Graduate Studies in 2013

Education & Training

Master of Arts, History with a Certificate in the Digital Humanities

University of Nebraska-Lincoln — Lincoln, Nebraska — August 2012

Certificate of Achievement, Accelerated Legal Assistant Program

Metropolitan Community College - Omaha, Nebraska - 2007

  • Litigation Option

Bachelor of Arts, History with a Minor in Film Studies

University of Kansas — Lawrence, Kansas — May 2005

  • Thesis: "Beyond the Sphere: Revolutionary Women in Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War"
  • Study Abroad: British Summer Institute in the Humanities, 2004 — England, Scotland

Professional Experience

Research, Technical, & Administrative

Research Associate — November 2014 - present
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities — University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Independent Researcher — July - December 2015
Joe Starita, A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor — Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Perform local archival research to obtain documents requested by author
  • Locate and arrange the acquisition of documents from out of state archives and libraries
  • Transcribe items and deliever to author

Project Manager and Researcher — October 2012 - October 2014
William G. Thomas III — University of Nebraska-Lincoln — O Say Can You See: Early Washington, D.C., Law & Family and others

  • Developed and maintained project's research database using HTML, XML, XSLT, and Solr
  • Conducted project research at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., the Maryland Historical Society, and Maryland State Archives
  • Completed the transcription and TEI encoding of eighteenth and nineteenth-century legal documents
  • Supervised and instructed student assistants and interns in project procedures
  • Collaborated on the composition of a presentation and scholarly article
  • Edited numerous articles for publication, including checking for grammar and content and conforming the document to publication style standards

Project Manager — September 2013 - October 2014
Jeannette Jones — University of Nebraska-Lincoln — "To Enter Africa from America": U.S. Empire, Race, and the African Question, 1847-1919

  • Coordinated the design, development, and implementation of the digital project
  • Liaised between historian and technical personnel
  • Encoded project documents and website using TEI, XML, HTML, and CSS
  • Assisted historian with text analysis methods including document markup and visualization tools

Independent Researcher — May 2013 - November 2013
Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs — Lincoln, Nebraska — Chief Standing Bear Trail Project

  • Compiled comprehensive bibliography relating to the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska's forced relocation to Indian Territory and their return journey
  • Researched, documented, and mapped the route of the Ponca Tribe to and from Indian Territory

Representative II — July - September 2012
Nelnet, Inc. — Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Processed Special Direct Consolidation Loans using proprietary software and government database research
  • Reviewed borrower files in regard to Special Direct Consolidation eligibility
  • Interpreted and applied eligibility factors and regulations to borrower files
  • Selected by team leaders to work on special projects due to the speed and accuracy of my work

Runner — August 2009 - August 2011
Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson and Oldfather, L.L.P. — Lincoln, Nebraska

  • While enrolled in graduate school, continued association with the law firm, working part-time as an office assistant and legal runner

Legal Assistant — September 2007 - August 2009
Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson and Oldfather, L.L.P. — Omaha, Nebraska

  • Assisted three attorneys with legal research, trial preparation, legal filings, correspondence, client relationships, scheduling, and file organization and maintenance; supervised runners

Internships and Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Intern — January - May 2012
University of Nebraska-Lincoln — Center for Digital Research in the Humanities — Civil War Washington

  • Produced XML encoding, editing, and HTML markup of documents and pages for project website
  • Transcribed nineteenth-century handwritten texts
  • Implemented basic photo editing with Adobe Photoshop

Graduate Research Assistant — August - December 2011
Douglas Seefeldt — University of Nebraska-Lincoln — Buffalo Bill's Great Plains

  • Performed archival research and analysis for publication of project website
  • Prepared and delivered conference presentation
  • Designed and coded the project's website on the Omeka web-publishing platform

Graduate Research Assistant — June - August 2011
Douglas Seefeldt, William G. Thomas III — University of Nebraska-Lincoln — Digital History Project

  • Developed and designed the relaunch of project website
  • Completed graphic design, HTML/CSS/PHP coding, video editing, and blog editing

Graduate Teaching Assistant — Spring 2011
University of Nebraska-Lincoln — HIST 201: U.S. History Before 1877

  • Maintained office hours, provided student assistance, designed exam questions, graded essays, and presented a guest lecture on Civil War soldiers

Archival

Graduate Student Volunteer
The History Harvest — September 12, 2010, Nebraska City — October 22, 2011, Omaha

  • Handled and photographed artifacts for documentation and digitization in web-based archive
  • Conversed with members of the public about artifacts and their histories

Archival Volunteer — May - August 2010
Nebraska State Historical Society — Government Records Facility

  • Organized and prepared the "Nebraska Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission Collection" for public use