This post is part of the Meet the ETCL Team series, which introduces the wonderful people who work in the lab and who have worked with us in the past.

Brittany (or Britt) is a MITACS Accelerate Industrial Postdoctoral Fellow in Open, Collaborative Scholarship (Arts & Humanities) and an INKE Partnership Postdoctoral Fellow in Open Social Scholarship. She first became familiar with the Lab by way of a recommendation that she check out the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. She enrolled in the DHSI22 course “Open Knowledge in Context: The Commons.” From there, she quickly became interested in the development of the HSS Commons. Interestingly, prior to becoming a postdoc with the lab, Britt used HSS Commons to create a project page to share her research on unconventional dissertation shortly after she defended her PhD in January 2023.

As a postdoctoral fellow in the lab, Brittany’s main initial responsibility is to ensure the Open Scholarship Policy Observatory is kept up to date by writing and publishing observations on policies and other news relevant to the open scholarship community and the INKE partnership group. She also will continue work on two of the lab’s research scans related to Knowledge Mobilization and Platforms.

Outside of her work, Brittany enjoys reading books and magazines, watching TV shows, and listening to podcasts. Her reading list includes authors like N. K. Jemisin, Ann Leckie, James S. A. Corey, and Naomi Novik. She has a particular love for science fiction and speculative fiction, having read the Chronicles of Narnia series at least a dozen times since receiving the set as a gift in third grade. She prefers magazines like Briarpatch and Lion’s Roar. Among her favorite TV shows are Insecure, Bluey, The Brothers Sun, The Gentlemen, Reservation Dogs, and Schitt’s Creek. Her go-to podcasts include Rabble Radio, Labour Start, NPR’s Life Kit, and The Craft of Campaigns by Training for Change.

Brittany spends most of her free time with her family. Together, they enjoy walks, bike rides, painting, visiting farms, taking horseback riding lessons, reading books, and finding other adventures.

If asked to name one app or tool she could not do without, she would reply, “That’s easy! Something to write with and something to write on.”