David Ragnar Nelson is the Digital Projects Specialist at the Library & Museum of the American Philosophical Society. He earned his Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Pennsylvania, where his research focused on the history of material texts and the digital humanities. Prior to joining the APS, he worked at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania, overseeing the development of the Digital Beehive, a digital resource for navigating the "Bee-Hive" manuscript of Francis Daniel Pastorius, the founder of Germantown, Pennsylvania. While at Penn, he also taught in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and the Critical Writing Program. He holds a BA in Germanics and Comparative Literature from the University of Washington.