Updated: 16 February 2003

Matthew G. Kirschenbaum
Professional Bio


Matthew G. Kirschenbaum is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he specializes in digital studies, applied humanities computing, images and visual culture, and postmodern/experimental literature. He has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, and was trained in humanities computing at Virginia's Electronic Text Center and Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. His dissertation was entitled Lines for a Virtual T[y/o]pography: Electronic Essays on Artifice and Information (1999). Written and presented entirely online, it was the first electronic dissertation in the English department at Virginia (and one of the first in the nation).

Kirschenbaum's current book project, on digital inscription, is entitled Mechanisms. His other ongoing writing includes: "Outside the Archive" (with Kari Kraus), a long essay that historicizes current practices in electronic editing and explores alternatives to the archival paradigm in electronic scholarship; "Literary Studies in a Wired World," an essay on professional survival; and a chapter on "Interface, Aeshetics, and Usability" for the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Digital Humanities. More work in progress is listed here.

Kirschenbaum is a Technical Editor of the William Blake Archive, and is also at work on an open source software tool entitled The Virtual Lightbox. He maintains LOOKSEE, a Web site and discussion list devoted to image-based humanities computing and recently guest edited a special issue of Computers and the Humanities on the subject of images. Kirschenbaum serves on the MLA's Committee on Information Technology, on the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, as a Commissioning Editor for Computers and the Humanities, and on the editorial boards of Postmodern Culture and Text Technology. For additional projects and activities, see his vita.

Teaching for the Spring 2003 semester consists of an introductory graduate course in Digital Studies and an upper-level undergraduate course in Computer and Text.

Kirschenbaum was Assistant Professor of English at the University of Kentucky for two years before moving to Maryland.

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I got married in June. My wife, Kari Kraus, is completing her doctorate in English from the University of Rochester.

Bunhill Fields (London), July 2000