Bethany Nowviskie

Research Associate Professor of Digital Humanities, Director of the Digital Library Federation

Bryan Hall 219
P.O. Box 400121

Book History & Culture, Digital Humanities, Textual Studies


Ph.D. University of Virginia, 2004
M.A. Ed., Wake Forest University, 1996
B.A. University of Virginia, 1995
My primary appointment is as director of the international Digital Library Federation at CLIR, the Council on Library and Information resources, a DC-based non-profit organization focusing on the intersection of information technology with cultural heritage and higher ed. I also serve as Research Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at UVa through an affiliation with the English Department. Prior to these appointments (among other roles), I worked as founding director of UVa Library’s Scholars’ Lab, special advisor to the UVa Provost, president of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, chair of UVa’s General Faculty Council, chair of the Committee on Information Technology at the Modern Language Association, a member of MLA's task force on graduate education reform, founder of the Praxis Network, and a faculty member at Rare Book School. I've been a digital humanities scholar-practitioner since the mid-1990s, developing toolsets and platforms that attempt to enable new forms of literary and historical interpretation. They do this by using technology and information design to foreground textual materiality and embodied experience, foster spatio-temporal understanding through iterative visualization, and encourage close reading and playful engagement with archival documents. Current experiments include an augmented-reality edition of A. C. Swinburne’s 1866 Poems and Ballads. Links to my open-access scholarship and past projects, like Neatline and NINES, are available below. You can get a sense of my prior work at UVa through a profile in the Chronicle of Higher Education, which named me one of “Ten Tech Innovators” in 2013: "Devising New Roles for Scholars Who Can Code."