A headshot of Kathleen Fitzpatrick
I cannot help but refer to this as my “register today for my weekend investment seminar at the Holiday Inn on Route 12” headshot.

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 appointments as Visiting Research Professor of English at NYU and Visiting Professor of Media at Coventry University. Before joining the MLA staff in 2011, she was Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College, where she had been a member of the faculty since 1998.

Fitzpatrick is author of three books, including Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019), and Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (NYU Press, 2011). She was also lead author on the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook (MLA, 2016).

At MSU, in addition to DH@MSU, Fitzpatrick directs MESH, a research and development unit focusing on the future of open infrastructure for scholarly communication. She is project director of Humanities Commons, an open-access, open-source network serving 30,000 scholars and practitioners across the humanities and around the world. Prior to that project, she co-founded the digital scholarly network MediaCommons, where she led a number of experiments in open peer review and other innovations in scholarly publishing.

Fitzpatrick serves as president of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and president of the board of directors of the Educopia Institute. She is also a member of the board of directors of CLIR, of which she was chair from 2017 to 2019. She is a member of the steering committee of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Digital Humanities Group, and she serves on the editorial or advisory boards of a wide range of publications and projects including the Open Library of the Humanities, the Directory of Open Access Books, and more.

(For further information, please see my CV.)


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  2. Dear Kathleen,

    I am organising an online discussion (in the comment threads) for the Guardian this Friday about altmetrics and research impact measurement, and would love to have you on the panel.

    If you would like to know more, please do send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,

  3. Hello,
    My name is Luna and I am a junior. Currently I am writting a research paper about planned obsolescence and wondered if you could briefly elaborate about one of my questions. The question is: What are some ways planned obsolescence benefits the economy? I hope this gets to you soon and thank you for your time.


  4. Hello Kathleen, my name is Fabiano Caruso and I am an open science researcher in Brazil.

    I actually read a passage from you and remembered a project we tried to implement by building a brand and bringing together researchers to collaboratively research, publish and create online courses.

    Then I had an idea to take this concept and take it to a public library, so just as the collaborative network solved the issue of research and publishing, it still needed to solve an important issue: memory and social mobilization – because the internet can look democratic, but the information technology governance model is not that open.

    So I started to think of a platform concept that could connect digital communities with face-to-face environments – and that would require opening libraries. Open it, remove automation, control, and everything from collections, and open bookshelves, catalogs, and everything to the research communities.

    In the end I was able to develop the platform, but the project was eventually banned by legislation to be implemented in Brazil – and I’m adapting it for home environments.

    I believe we need to create approaches to connect face-to-face environments to people-centered digital interfaces …

    Learn a little more at extralibris.org


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