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Bethany Nowviskie / Profile

Director, Digital Research & Scholarship, UVA Library | Administrator , Faculty

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I help shape UVA’s support for digital scholarship by running a Library department that includes the Scholars’ Lab and a crack R&D team devoted to scholarly interfaces. The SLab combines the services and resources of UVA Library’s former GeoStat and Etext Centers with end-user assistance from ITC’s Research Computing Support group. I am Vice President of the ACH and Associate Director of the Scholarly Communication Institute. I also serve on the executive board of NINES, for which I designed the Collex tool. I am additionally an editorial board member of MediaCommons and a member of the MLA’s Committee on Information Technology.

My doctorate is in English, and I have worked in the digital humanities as a designer, manager, and editor since 1995. My own research lies in the intersection of traditional interpretive methods with innovative social and algorithmic tools.


My research interests lie in the relation of contraints-based, combinatoric, and algorithmic methodologies to traditional humanities interpretation. Recently, I am increasingly engaged with geospatial tools and approaches to historical and literary study. To that end, I’m PI on two NEH-funded geospatial projects: Neatline and the Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship. I am also desultorily producing a digital edition of A. C. Swinburne’s 1866 Poems and Ballads.

Scholarly Disciplines
Bibliography (2), Digital Humanities (5), Geospatial Scholarship (1), Literature (5)
General Interests
Ars Combinatoria (1), Interface Design (3), Letterpress Printing (1), Nineteenth-century literature and culture (3), Scottish Gaelic language and literature (1)
Time Periods of Interest
Victorian (2)
Places of Interest
Great Britain (4)
Technologies of Interest
GIS (8), physical computing (1), text-based digital humanities (1), wearables (1)


See my CV at



  • Director, Digital Research & Scholarship, UVA Library
  • Executive Council, Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH)
  • Executive Council, Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship (NINES)
  • Associate Director, Scholarly Communication Institute


  • PhD in English Language & Literature, University of Virginia 2004
  • MA Ed in English Education, Wake Forest University 1996
  • BA in Archaeology & in English, University of Virginia 1995


  • Modern Language Association
  • Association for Computers and the Humanities

Direct Contact

Email: bethany at virginia dot edu
Office Phone: 434.243.2218

Contact Notes

If you can’t find my office (Alderman 411b), please just ask at the main desk of the Scholars’ Lab.

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