Amanda Visconti is Managing Director of the Scholars’ Lab. She holds a Literature Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan, and has also worked as a professional web developer for over 10 years (with specialization in online knowledge-building communities, meaningful crowdsourcing websites, and reading/annotation interfaces).
She serves as an elected member of the Association for Computing and the Humanities (ACH) executive council, as a member of the Modern Languages Association (MLA) Information Technology Committee, and as the founder/administrator of the Digital Humanities Slack.
Her 2015 dissertation (Dr.AmandaVisconti.com) was the first humanities dissertation to fully acknowledge digital methods (code, design, user testing, blogging, no chapters) as scholarship by treating them as the dissertation instead of addenda to traditional written chapters. The focus of her dissertation was creating the participatory digital edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses InfiniteUlysses.com, which attracted over 12,000 unique visitors in its first few weeks of open beta and was cited in The New York Times in July 2016.
Her greatest ambition is to be conductor of a dog train.