People // Amanda Visconti
Managing Director

Dr. Amanda Visconti is Managing Director of the Scholars’ Lab. She holds a Literature Ph.D. from the University of Maryland focused on the digital humanities and textual scholarship, and an M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan focused on DH and human-computer interaction. She has also worked as a professional web developer for over a decade, with specialization in online knowledge-building communities, meaningful crowdsourcing websites, and reading/annotation interfaces.

Amanda currently contributes to the scholarship of experimental and digital humanities policy and practice, bringing both critical-practical approaches to infrastructure and community design underlying scholarly innovation. She is an enthusiastic blogger, both on her blog and on the Scholars’ Lab blog, as well as a popular speaker and advisor for institutions exploring digital and expermental scholarship initiatives.

She serves as an elected representative of the Association for Computing and the Humanities (ACH) executive council and as the founder/administrator of the Digital Humanities Slack. She previously served as a member of the Modern Languages Association (MLA) Information Technology Committee, and as an editorial board member for The Programming Historian (where she continues to serve as ombudsperson).

Amanda’s 2015 dissertation ( 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, 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.

As SLab Doge and @Scholars_Lab’s human, her greatest ambition is to be the conductor of a dog train.

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