Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University. Prior to assuming this role in 2017, she served as Associate Executive Director and Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association, where she was Managing Editor of PMLA and other MLA publications. During that time, she also held an appointment as Visiting Research Professor of English at NYU. She is author of Generous Thinking: The University and the Public Good (forthcoming), as well as Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (NYU Press, 2011) and The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006). She is project director of Humanities Commons, an open-access, open-source network serving more than 13,000 scholars and practitioners in the humanities.


PhD, English, New York University, 1998.
MFA, English, Louisiana State University, 1991.
BA, English, Louisiana State University, 1988.

Other Publications

Generous Thinking: The University and the Public Good. Forthcoming.
Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy. NYU Press, 2011.
The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television. Vanderbilt University Press, 2006.

Recent Articles
“The Future of Academic Style: Why Citations Still Matter in the Age of Google.” Los Angeles Review of Books, 29 March 2016.
“Peer Review.” A New Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth. Wiley Blackwell, 2016. 439–48.
“Opening Up Open Access.” LSE Impact Blog, 21 October 2015.
“The Future History of the Book: Time, Attention, Convention.” Cultures of Obsolescence: History, Materiality, and the Digital Age, ed. Babette B. Tischleder and Sarah Wasserman, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 111–26.
“Scholarly Publishing in the Digital Age.” Between Humanities and the Digital, ed. Patrik Svensson and David Theo Goldberg, MIT Press, 2015. 457–66.


Humanities Commons, Project director. 2017-present.
MediaCommons, Co-founder and publisher, scholarly network in media studies. Spring 2007–present.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

27 September, Marquette Digital Scholarship Symposium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4 October, Humanities and Arts in the Age of Big Data, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
12 October, Politics and Aesthetics of Obsolescence, University of Minnesota

Still ahead:
25 October, Open Access Week talk, Illinois State University
5 November, Invited talk, Trinity College
6 November, Roundtable, Multimodal and Public Scholarship, University of Connecticut



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