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    I’m wondering how the Commons might make use of this kind of micro-blogging: small posts that enable a user to think out loud about the issues they’re working on or things they’re wondering about. Perhaps we could separate these posts out and include them on user profiles in a way that creates a more personalized, and more regularly updated, environment?

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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. She is author of Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019), 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 23,000 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: A Radical Approach to Saving the University. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.
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.

Selected Articles
“Digital Wallace: Networked Pedagogies and Distributed Reading.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace, eds. Stephen J. Burn and Mary K. Holland. MLA Publications, 2019. 94-100.
“Sustainability, Solidarity, and Community in Higher Education.” EDUCAUSE Review, 26 August 2019.
“Obsolescence and Innovation in the Age of the Digital.” The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities, ed. Jentery Sayers. Routledge, 2018. 329–35.
“Universities should be working for the greater good.” Times Higher Education, 11 April 2019.
“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.

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