About

Head shot of Amanda FrenchMy wide-ranging career has one overarching theme: helping people adjust to the digital age. I’m driven by the conviction that websites and applications don’t have to be intimidating and inhuman for either the people who use them or the people who build them.

Highlights of my career so far include holding the CLIR postdoctoral fellowship at NCSU, running THATCamp at GMU’s Center for History and New Media, directing Digital Research Services at Virginia Tech, and serving as Community Lead at The COVID Tracking Project. I’ve led and advised some remarkably successful digital projects; I’ve developed and nurtured large online communities; I’ve taught humanities and STEM scholars to use digital tools and understand digital issues; I’ve advocated for user-centered design; I’ve written and have helped others write clear, concise, and well-organized web content; and I’ve facilitated many innovative, productive, collegial, and fun events. I often speak and sometimes write about topics such as openness in scholarly publishing, Agile, and digital humanities.