Amanda L. French
Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, 2004.
M.A. in English Language and Literature, concentration in Women’s Studies, University of Virginia, 1995.
B.A. in English, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1992, cum laude.
Research Assistant Professor / THATCamp Coordinator, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, 2010–2014.
Assistant Research Scholar / Digital Curriculum Specialist, Archives and Public History MA program, New York University, 2008–2009.
Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of English, North Carolina State University, 2006–2007.
Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellowship, North Carolina State University Libraries, 2004–2006.
Staff Member, Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia, 2003–2004.
Teaching + Technology Support Partner, University of Virginia, 2001–2004.
Research Assistant, The Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Hypermedia Research Archive, ed. Jerome McGann, 1998–1999.
Graduate Instructor, University of Virginia, 1996–2000.
“E-Readers: Some History, Some Future,” Our Gadgets, Ourselves: Virtues, Vices and These New Devices, Transduction Lecture Series, Charlottesville, VA, April 2014.
“On Projects, and THATCamp,” Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC, October 2013. (Event canceled due to government shutdown; talk given at subsequent Maryland Institute for Technology and the Humanities unconference.)
“Why Not Invent Human Intercourse?": Scholarly Conversations at THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp),” Freedman Center Colloquium: Exploring Collaboration in Digital Scholarship, Case Western University, Cleveland, OH, April 2013.
“Visual Arguments in the Digital Humanities,” Visualizing the Digital: Design, Ideas, and Platforms, Digital Pragmata symposium, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, March 2013.
Panel remarks, MLA Workshop: Get Started in the Digital Humanities with Help from DHCommons, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Boston, MA, January 2013.
Panel remarks, New Roles, New Expertise, New Hiring Practices, ARL-ACRL Human Resources Symposium, Washington, DC, November 2012.
“Sheesh, What’s With All the THATCamps?” Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities Digital Dialogues, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, October 2012.
“Alexandria is a Port: The Digital Library in Physical Space,” response to John Palfrey at the Fredric M. Miller Memorial Lecture, Philadelphia, PA, May 2012.
“The History and Future of Academic Conferences (Specifically THATCamp),” University of Georgia, Athens, GA, March 2012.
“Aubade: The Soul and Body of a Library,” Digital Public Library of America plenary meeting, Washington, DC, October 2011.
“Imagine a National Digital Library: I Wonder If We Can,” keynote, Electronic Resources and Libraries, Austin, TX, March 2011.
“Plied with Cheese No More: New Metaphors for the University in a Digital Future,” The Digital and the Human(ities), symposium, Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies 2010–2011, University of Texas, Austin, TX, March 2011.
“Humanities Research Methods 1860–2060,” Re:Humanities: A Symposium on Digital Media in Academia, Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, Ardmore, PA, November 2010.
Training Humanists in the Digital Age, panel, Knowledge Futures Spring 2010 Forum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, April 2010.
Co-host of Digital Campus podcast, digitalcampus.tv,, October 17, 2010 to present.
“Millay and Her Books,” Things My Computer Taught Me About Poems (panel organizer), special session, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, January 2014.
“Email is Made of Women,” Alt-Ac Work and Gender: It’s Not Plan B, special session, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, January 2014.
“Introduction to Omeka,” Two Tools for Student-Generated Digital Projects: WordPress and Omeka in the Classroom, special session, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Boston, MA, January 2013.
Panel remarks, Large Digital Libraries: Beyond Google Books, special session, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA, January 2012.
Panel remarks, Infinite Jest and the Internet (panel organizer, South by Southwest Interactive, Austin, TX, March 2011.
“Your Twitter Followers and Facebook Friends Won’t Read Your Peer-Reviewed Article If They Have to Pay For It, and Neither Will Strangers,” The Open Professoriat on the Social Web, special session, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA, January 2011.
Panel remarks, Labor in the Digital Humanities, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA, January 2011.
Wosh, Peter and Amanda French, panel remarks, “Out of the Classroom and into the Laboratory: Experimenting with Archives Education 3.0,” panel, Archives*Records / DC 2010, Washington, DC, August 2010.
Wosh, Peter and Amanda French, “Digital History Across the Curriculum,” Digital Humanities (ACH/ALLC) Conference, College Park, MD, June 2009.
“Basic Digital Skills for Historians,” American Association for History and Computing Annual Conference, Fairfax, VA, April 2009.
“From Horse and Buggy to Hovercraft: My Research Before and After Google Book Search,” The Library of Google: Researching Scanned Books, SHARP special session, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, December 2008.
Kendall, Tyler and Amanda French, “Digital Audio Archives, Computer-Enhanced Transcripts, and New Methods in Sociolinguistic Analysis,” Digital Humanities (ACH/ALLC) Conference, Paris, France, July 2006. Abstract reprinted in conference proceedings pp. 110–112.
Panel remarks, Hybrid Cyber-Librarians: The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship, Association for Computers and the Humanities / Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing Annual Conference, Victoria, BC, Canada, 2005.
“The Provincial Patriotism of ‘In Flanders Fields,’ ” South Central Modern Language Association Conference, Houston, TX, 2005.
“The Villanelle 1574–2005,” Sixteenth-Century Society and Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2005.
“Return to ‘Villanelle of the Temptress,’ ” North American James Joyce Conference, Ithaca, NY, 2005.
“Othering Poetic Form Through Translation,” American Literary Translators Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2004.
“Knowledge Under Pressure,” review of Too Big to Know by David Weinberger, Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy September 2012.
“Villanelle” and other articles, in Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Greene, Roland et al., eds. The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics: Fourth Edition, Princeton University Press, 2012.
Translation of “J’ay perdu ma tourterelle” in Villanelles, eds. Annie Finch and Marie-Elizabeth Mali, Everyman’s Library, 2012.
Fitzpatrick, Kathleen et al., “Voices: Twitter at Conferences,” edited contribution in Hacking the Academy: A Book Crowdsourced in One Week, eds. Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt, University of Michigan Press, 2013.
Watson, Amanda, Amanda French, Patricia Hswe, and Christa Williford, “Of Hybrarians, Scholar-Librarians, Academic Refugees, and Feral Professionals,” in #Alt-Academy: Alternate Academic Careers for Humanities Scholars, ed. Bethany Nowviskie, MediaCommons 2011.
“The Binary Hero” and other articles, HiLobrow, blog, eds. Joshua Glenn and Matthew Battles, since 2010.
“Edmund Gosse and the Stubborn Villanelle Blunder,” Victorian Poetry 48:2 (Summer 2010): 243–66.
“The First Villanelle: A New Translation of Jean Passerat’s ‘J’ay perdu ma Tourterelle’ (1574),” Meridian 12 (Fall/Winter 2003): 30–37.
“ ‘A Strangely Useless Thing’: Iseult Gonne and Yeats,” Yeats Eliot Review: A Journal of Criticism and Scholarship, 19:2 (2002 Aug): 13–24.
Digital humanities, scholarly communication and research methods, English poetry and poetic form, 19th-century British literature.
Creating Digital History, graduate seminar, New York University, fall 2009 (with Peter Wosh).
The Victorian Period, undergraduate course, North Carolina State University, spring 2007.
Literary Scandals and Controversies, undergraduate Honors seminar, North Carolina State University, spring 2007.
Bibliography and Methodology, graduate course, North Carolina State University, fall 2006.
Victorian Poetry and Critical Prose, graduate seminar, North Carolina State University, fall 2006.
History of English Literature II, undergraduate course, North Carolina State University, fall 2006.
Academic Research Strategies and Contexts; undergraduate Honors seminar; North Carolina State University; spring 2005, spring 2006, and spring 2007.
Masterpieces of English Literature II: Blake to Woolf; undergraduate course; University of Virginia; spring 2000.
Advanced Academic Writing: Analyzing Popular Culture; undergraduate course; University of Virginia; spring 2000.
Studies in Poetry, undergraduate English major course, University of Virginia, spring 1999.
Introduction to Composition; undergraduate course; University of Virginia; fall 1995, spring 1996, and spring 1998.
Special Topics in Literature: Growing Up in Fiction; undergraduate course; University of Virginia; spring 1997.
Honors and Awards
University of Virginia Seven Society Graduate Prize for Superb Teaching Semi-Finalist, 2000.
University of Virginia President’s Fellowship, 1995–1997.
Facilitator, Arthur Vining Davis Digital Humanities Summer Faculty Workshop, Northwestern University, August 2013, August 2014.
Chief Editor, Proceedings of THATCamp, 2014-present
Editorial Board, The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, 2012-present
Editorial Board, Archive, 2011-present
Advisory Board, Drexel University Legacy Center Digital History Toolkit, 2010-present.
Member, Digital Library Federation Fall Forum program committee, 2010.
Reviewer, Digital Humanities conference, 2009-present.
Reviewer, National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities, 2009.
Student Member, University Council on Information Technology, University of Virginia, 2002–2004.
President, Graduate Student Council, University of Virginia, 1998–1999.
Secretary, Graduate Student Council, University of Virginia, 1997–1998.
Vice-President, Graduate English Student Association, University of Virginia, 1997–1998.
Languages and Skills
Spoken and written French (translation capability); some German, Spanish, Italian.
UNIX, Mac, Windows, Linux; emacs, vim, Markdown; git.
Microsoft Office, Open Office, iLife.
WordPress, Omeka, some Drupal.
Photoshop, Audacity, GarageBand, iMovie, Peak, Morae, Camstudio.
Blackboard, Zotero, EndNote, blogs, wikis, podcasts, research databases.