About the Instructor

About the Instructor

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Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00 – 3:20 pm
Smith Warehouse Bay 4, 106C, PhD Lab In Digital Knowledge

Cathy N. Davidson’s main contributions have been in the areas of history and theory of technology, including history of the book, history of industrialism and postindustrialism, and history of new technologies and society. As Vice Provost of Interdisciplinary Studies, innovative new cross-campus technologies for research and teaching were part of her charge and she has had an impact in this area both at Duke and nationally, including as a leader in national policy on digital media and learning. Her interest in issues of race, gender, and sexuality cross all her work, from eighteenth-century literature to envisioning the future of digital media and learning institutions in a digital age.  Her recent books include Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn (Viking, 2011); The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age (with David Theo Goldberg, MIT Press, 2010); Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America (Oxford, 1986; Expanded Edition 2004).  She is also the co-founder of HASTAC (“haystack”), the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory, an 12,000+ network of digital visionaries committed to new forms of learning and education, and co-directs the annual John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions.  She is the first educator on the Mozilla Board of Directors, and received the 2012 Educator of the Year Award (with HASTAC cofounder Goldberg) from the World Technology Network. In 2011, President Obama appointed her to the National Council on Humanities.