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Tobias Hrynick

Tobias Hrynick




Ph.D. Candidate 
Dissertation Title: “‘According to the Law of the Marsh’; Medieval Wetland Drainage, Environmental Crisis, and the Invention of the Customs of Romney Marsh”
Mentor: Prof. Maryanne Kowaleski  
M. A., Medieval Studies, Fordham University
Thesis: “The Customs of Romney Marsh: Compromise and Common Interest in Wetland Administration.”
Mentor: Prof. Maryanne Kowaleski
B. A., English and History summa cum laude, University of Maine, Orono ME
Thesis: “‘If We Have Lost Our Constitution, Let Us Maintain Our Manners’: Joseph Howe and Nova Scotian Nationalism.” 
Mentor: Prof. Stephen M. Miller

Teaching Experience

Understanding Historical Change: Modern Europe (Fall 2019-Spring 2020)
Understanding Historical Change: Medieval Europe (Fall 2017-Spring 2019)
Digital Teaching Experience:
Co-Organizer, Fordham Graduate Student Technology and Pedagogy Working Group, Fall 2019-Present
Composed digital training and assessment materials, Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC, 2012-13


With Helen Davies, Chris Rouse, and John Wyatt Greenlee, “Medieval Maps and Mapping Resources,” Historia Cartarum, July 2020.
Micro Essays: “Imagined Saracen Spaces”; “Pilgrimage Sites in the Entrée d’Espagne”; “Trade Routes”; “To be French or to be Italian? Geographic Orientations of the French of Italy”; “Literary Representations of Demography”; and “Human and Natural Components of Place.” Exploring Place in the French of Italy. October, 2015.
“Digitally Enhancing the Map,” with Rachel Butcher. The Oxford Outremer Map Project. Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, June 2015.

“Spatial Identification and the Oxford Outremer Map.” The Oxford Outremer Map Project. Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, June 2015.


Scholarly Presentations
“The Many Britains of Matthew Paris: Re-Examining Paris’s Map of Britain in Relation to his Oxford Map of the Holy Land.” International Conference on the History of Cartography, Amsterdam, July 2019. 
With Laura Morreale and Stephen Powell. “A Tour of Fordham Medieval Digital Mapping Projects.” Terra Digita Conference, Cornell University, November 2017. 
“The Oxford Outremer Map and the Challenge of Translating Space.” 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2017. 
“Water as Labor, Water as Weapon: Mill Dipute and Water in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. 
Conference on Premodern Ecologies, Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of 
Colorado at Boulder, October 2016. 

“Flowing Power: Cooperative Power Structures in the Customs of Romney Marsh.” 51st International on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2016. 
“The Oxford Outremer Map: The Possibilities of Digital Restoration.” 34th International Conference of the Haskins Society Carleton College, Minnesota, November 2015. Associated Omeka Tutorial at 

Public History
“The Office of the Medieval English Coroner.” New England Seminar in Forensics Sciences, August, 2019. 

Digital Humanities Skills Workshops
“QGIS Mapping.” Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities Group, December 2017. 
“Introduction to Omeka: Whether to Jump in, and at Which End.” New York City Digital Humanities Week, New York City Digital Humanities group, February 2015. 

Fellowships, Honors and Awards

Schallek Award, Medieval Academy of America and the Richard III Society, 2020
American Friends of the J. B. Harley Research Fellowships Travel Grant, Summer 2019
Mellon Summer Institute in English Paleography, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, Summer 2016
Digital Humanities Institute Tuition Scholarship, University of Victoria, Canada, Summer 2014

Fordham University

Fordham Graduate Research Fellowship, 2020/21
Fordham Graduate Student Teaching Fellowship, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20
Fordham Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2019
Fordham Graduate Student Association Student Support Grant, Summer 2019
Fordham Graduate Student Association Professional Development Grant, Summer 2017. 
Fordham Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Travel Grant, Summer 2017. 
HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Scholar at Fordham University, 2015/16
Fordham Graduate Assistantship, Dept. of History, 2015/16, 2016/17 
Fordham Presidential Scholarship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2013/14, 2015/16, 2016/17
Fordham University, Graduate Student Association Professional Development Grant, 2015
O’Callaghan Essay Prize, Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, 2015
Loomie Prize for best research seminar paper, Department of History, Fordham University, 2014 and 2016

University of Maine

University Distinguished Fellowship, GSAS, Fordham University, 2013/14 to 2018/19
University of Maine Dean’s List, 2009-2013 
University of Maine Top Scholar Award tuition scholarship, 2009/10-2012/13
Roger B. Hill Prize for academic performance in the History Department, 2012 and 2013
Charles J. Dunn Trust Award for academic performance in the History Department, 2013
Grenfell Poetry Prize, University of Maine, 2011 and 2013

Professional Organizations

Member of the Medieval Academy of America
Member Phi Beta Kapa

Employment and Academic Service


• Content Research Lead, Oxford Outremer Map Project, Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies    Summer 2014 – Summer 2015
• Graduate Assistant, French of Italy Project, Fordham University, Summer 2014

Digital Humanities and Public History

• Co-Organizer, Fordham History Department Teaching and Pedagogy Graduate Working Group, Fall 2019-Present
• Co-Organizer, Fordham University Graduate History Pedagogy Group, Fall 2018 – Spring 2019
• Digital Humanities Consultant, Bronx Italian American History Initiative    , Summer 2018
• Organizer, Graduate Student Digital Humanities Charter Group, Fordham University, Fall 2016 – Spring 2017
• Graduate Assistant for Website Development, Department of History, Fordham University, Summer 2015-Spring 2016
• Digital Training Technical Writer, Lincoln Paper and Tissue Company, Spring and Summer 2013
• Docent and Cataloguer, Musée Culturel du Mount Carmel, Lille, ME, Summers of 2010 and 2011


• Student Worker, Fordham University Financial Aid, Spring 2015
• Writing Tutor, University of Maine Writing Center, Spring 2011-Fall 2012

Digital Humanities Skills

Geographic Information Systems (GIS):

  • ArcGIS
  • QGIS
  • CartoDB
  • Omeka Neatline Plugin

Web Development Platforms:

  • Jadu
  • Omeka

Data Management, Interpretation, and Presentation

  • ABBYY Finereader and Acrobat OCR (Optical Character Recognition) Systems
  • Microsoft Office Suite, Including Microsoft Access
  • Python Programming Language (basic familiarity)

Languages and Related Skills

Languages Read

  • Latin
  • French
  • German     

Related Skills

  • Medieval Latin Paleography
  • Early Modern English Paleography