About

Amanda L. French, Ph.D.

I consider myself a member of the community known as the “digital humanities,” which means that I think hard about how the study of literature, history, language, art, and philosophy has been and is being and might be changed by computers and the Internet — but I don’t limit myself to thinking; I get my hands dirty, thus causing some of the very change I think about, in an inexcusable breach of objectivity. My particular expertise consists of making humanities content (both cultural content and scholarly interpretation of that content) openly available online, as well as introducing scholars to the various methods of and issues with making humanities content openly available online. I often speak and sometimes write about Open Access, the scholarly publication landscape, Omeka, Scalar, Hypothes.is, THATCamp, the Digital Public Library of America, Wikipedia, and alternative careers for humanities PhDs. My current research project is an online catalog of Edna St. Vincent Millay's personal library.

I am Director of Digital Research Services and Associate Professor at Virginia Tech University Libraries, where I am helping to build digital humanities infrastructure and running the institutional repository, VTechWorks. From 2010-2014 I was THATCamp Coordinator and Research Assistant Professor at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, helping scholars worldwide organize their own version of The Humanities and Technology Camp, an inexpensive, open meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. Before that, I was Digital Curriculum Specialist and Assistant Research Scholar in the Archives and Public History program at New York University, where I helped develop a model curriculum emphasizing digital skills, and where I developed and taught the graduate course “Creating Digital History.” Before that, I taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Victorian poetry and poetics, the Victorian period, and academic research methods for the digital age as a Teaching Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University. I held the Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2004 to 2006.

At the University of Virginia, while earning my doctorate in English, I encoded texts in first SGML and then XML for the Rossetti Archive and the Electronic Text Center. I also spent three years as a Teaching + Technology Support Partner training faculty in the English Department to use technology in their teaching and research. My 2004 dissertation is a history of the villanelle, the poetic form of Dylan Thomas's Do not go gentle into that good night and Elizabeth Bishop's One Art.

E-mail me at a m a n d a @ a m a n d a f r e n c h . n e t.

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