Charlotte Fryar

Charlotte Fryar is a second-year Ph.D. student in the American Studies department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the same department and institution where she received her B.A. in 2013. Since 2011, Charlotte has worked for the Digital Innovation Lab, a digital humanities center that works to combine the project-focused organizational model of the laboratory with the social model of the network to stimulate digital humanities work as public goods. The idea that digital humanities projects can and should be public work has been instrumental to both her work at the Digital Innovation Lab, where Charlotte serves as a both project manager and a laboratory associate for several collaborative public projects, and her own scholarship. With research interests falling within the realms of public higher education, free speech, and oral history, Charlotte’s larger project focuses on the right to free speech on public university campuses across North Carolina. She is especially interested in using the intersection of digital platforms and oral history to connect her research interests with greater public engagement and campus activism. You can follow her writing at