Day applies digital, spatial and social network analysis to the study of the relationships between credit, respectability, and maintaining order in the Victorian community. His most recent articles have examined the social dimensions of the Victorian public mental hospital. Using GIS and statistical modeling tools. Shawn is involved in a number of successful and innovative digital humanities projects throughout Canada. Most recently he has worked with large manuscript census databases in the 1871/1891 census project (University of Guelph). He is a team member of the national TAPoR text analysis portal project and the Network for Canadian History and the Environment (NiCHE).
Prior to undertaking the PhD, Shawn spent a number of years in the private technology sector where he founded a number of businesses and served in marketing, research and development management roles.