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Sarah Potvin

Associate Professor
  • LAAH 545
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MS, University of Texas at Austin, 2009

AB, Harvard College, 2004


My research projects cluster around community knowledge and public humanities, digital representation, humanities data, scholarly communication & open access, and critical university studies, with attention to gender, race, and ethnicity. I have a longstanding interest in preservation, as it is theorized, practiced, and resourced, and in material culture. I am exploring new work related to book history and environmental humanities, and feminism and automation.

My research builds on a decade of hands-on experience in cultural heritage and with scholarly collections, focused on data curation, computational methods, digital humanities / digital scholarship / digital stewardship, and research impact. Much of this work revolves around the formation of communities of practice (such as open source software communities) with shared values, standards, protocols, and tools.

Research Interests

  • Digital Humanities
  • Preservation, Stewardship, and Recovery
  • Scholarly Communications, Open Access, and the Public Good
  • Work, Technology, and Gender

Areas of Speciality

  • Digital Humanities
  • American Literature and Culture
  • Critical University Studies