I’m currently Senior Research Specialist with the Scholarly Communication Institute, a Mellon-funded humanities think tank that operates out of the University of Virginia Library’s stellar Scholars’ Lab. During my time at SCI, I’ll be planning and conducting a broad survey of humanities-trained respondents who self-identify as working in alternative academic careers, to illuminate perceived gaps in graduate-level preparation and help move #alt-ac conversations beyond the anecdotal. I’ll also be helping to support and share outcomes from a number of conversations SCI is convening: on emerging models for authoring and publication (with the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, PressForward, and the Modern Language Association’s program in scholarly communication); and on graduate education reform, with CHCI and centerNet. Finally, I will play a role in the planned expansion of the Praxis Program to a multi-institutional and international effort, geared toward sharing model programs and experiments in humanities methodological training.
Prior to my position at SCI, I spent about three years at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, where I was responsible for a number of operational areas and contributed to the strategic development of Sloan’s Digital Information Technology program under the direction of Josh Greenberg. My past work also includes positions as Assistant Secretary General to the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, and as an instructor in language and literature courses at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I completed my PhD in Comparative Literature in 2010.
I tend to post here about the things I’m working on and the books I’m reading. If you want more of that kind of thing (with a little nonsense mixed in), find me on Twitter at @katinalynn.