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.
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