W. J. Turkel. Spark from the Deep: How Shocking Experiments with Strongly Electric Fish Powered Scientific Discovery. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

W. J. Turkel. The Archive of Place: Unearthing the Pasts of the Chilcotin Plateau. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007; Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008.


Alan MacEachern and W. J. Turkel, eds. Method and Meaning in Canadian Environmental History. Toronto: Nelson Education, 2008.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Tim Hitchcock and W. J. Turkel. “The Old Bailey Proceedings, 1674-1913: Text Mining for Evidence of Court Behaviour,” Law and History Review 34, no. 4 (November 2016).

Anne Helmreich, Tim Hitchcock and W. J. Turkel. “Rethinking Inventories in the Digital Age: the Case of the Old Bailey,” Journal of Art Historiography 11 (December 2014).

W. J. Turkel, Mary Beth Start and Shezan Muhammedi. “Grounding Digital History in the History of Computing.” IEEE Annals for the History of Computing 36, no. 2 (2014): 72-75.

Devon Elliott, Robert MacDougall and W. J. Turkel. “New Old Things: Fabrication, Physical Computing, and Experiment in Historical Practice.” Canadian Journal of Communication 37, no. 1 (April 2012): 121-128.

W. J. Turkel. “Hacking History, from Analog to Digital and Back Again.” Rethinking History 15, no. 2 (March 2011): 287-296.

Daniel J. Cohen, Michael Frisch, Patrick Gallagher, Steven Mintz, Kirsten Sword, Amy Murrell Taylor, William G. Thomas III and W. J. Turkel. “Interchange: The Promise of Digital History.” Journal of American History 95, no. 2 (September 2008): 452-91.

W. J. Turkel. “Every Place Is an Archive: Environmental History and the Interpretation of Physical Evidence.” Rethinking History 10, no. 2 (June 2006): 259-276.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Yana Boeva, Devon Elliott, Edward Jones-Imhotep, Shezan Muhammedi and W. J. Turkel. “Doing History by Reverse Engineering Electronic Devices.” In Making Things and Drawing Boundaries, edited by Jentery Sayers. University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

W. J. Turkel and Ian Milligan. “The Challenge of ‘High-Throughput’ Computational Methods.” From Big Bang to Global Civilization: A Big History Anthology, Volume 2: Education and Understanding: Big History Around the World, edited by Barry Rodrigue, Leonid Grinin and Andrey Korotayev. Delhi, India: Primus Books, 2016.

Jentery Sayers, Devon Elliott, Kari Krauss, Beth Nowviskie and W. J. Turkel. “Between Bits and Atoms: Physical Computing and Fabrication in the Humanities.” The New Companion to the Digital Humanities, edited by Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens and John Unsworth. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.

W. J. Turkel and Devon Elliott. “Making and Playing with Models: Using Rapid Prototyping to Explore the History and Technology of Stage Magic.” Pastplay: Teaching and Learning History with Technology, edited by Kevin Kee. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014.

W. J. Turkel, Spencer Roberts and Kevin Kee. “A Method for Navigating the Infinite Archive.” History in the Digital Age, edited by Toni Weller. London: Routledge, 2012.