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Cathy N. Davidson,

Cathy N. Davidson

Cathy Davidson has published numerous books, including 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), Reading in America: Literature and Social History (Hopkins, 1989), The Book of Love: Writers and Their Love Letters (Pocket/Simon and Schuster, 1992), Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan (Dutton/Penguin, 1993; New Edition with Afterword, 2006, Duke U Press), and, with Linda Wagner-Martin, The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States (1995) and The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States (1995). In collaboration with documentary photographer Bill Bamberger, she also wrote Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory (Norton, 1998). She is General Editor of the Oxford University Press Early American Women Writers series, past President of the American Studies Association, and past editor of American Literature. She was Duke University (and the nation's) first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies from 1999-2006, and is co-founder of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke. She is also the co-founder of HASTAC ("haystack"), the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, an 8000+ network of digital visionaries committed to new forms of learning and education. She serves on the Board of Advisors to the John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation "Digital Media and Learning" initiative. Her current research interests include Olaudah Equiano and the controversy over origins, a MacArthur Foundation monograph and collaborative online publication on "The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age" (with David Theo Goldberg), and a study of the culture and neurobiology of "knowing" and attention. With Goldberg, Davidson is co-PI of the HASTAC/MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition. She is also the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies. President Barack Obama nominated her for a six-year term on the National Council on the Humanities, which began in July 2011, after confirmation by the U. S. Senate.

Contact Info:
Professor Cathy N. Davidson
Department of English
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 4009
New York, New York 10016

Phone: (212) 817-8315
FAX: (212) 817-1518
The English Department phone number: 212 817-8315
Fax: 212 817-1518
Phone: (212) 817-8315
FAX: (212) 817-1518
Email: english@gc.cuny.edu -
Office Location:  Allen Building
Office Phone:  (919) 684-8471
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://www.hastac.org

Education:

Honorary Doctorate of Humane LettersNorthwestern University2005
Honorary Doctorate of Humane LettersElmhurst College1989
Postdoctoral studyThe University of Chicago1975
Ph.D.State University of New York at Binghamton1974
M.A.State University of New York at Binghamton1973
B.A.Elmhurst College1970
Specialties:

Science and Literature
Critical Theory
Other
Research Interests: New Media, History of Technology, American Literature

Current projects: Now You See It: on the Science of Attention, Essay on Olaudah Equiano, MacArthur paper on Learning Institutions in a Digital Age, Theoretical and methodological study of the culture and neurobiology of "knowing"

Cathy Davidson has published numerous books, including 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), Reading in America: Literature and Social History (Hopkins, 1989), The Book of Love: Writers and Their Love Letters (Pocket/Simon and Schuster, 1992), Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan (Dutton/Penguin, 1993; New Edition with Afterword, 2006, Duke U Press), and, with Linda Wagner-Martin, The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States (1995) and The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States (1995). In collaboration with documentary photographer Bill Bamberger, she also wrote Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory (Norton, 1998). She is General Editor of the Oxford University Press Early American Women Writers series, past President of the American Studies Association, and past editor of American Literature. She was Duke University (and the nation's) first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies from 1999-2006, and is co-founder of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke. She is also the co-founder of HASTAC ("haystack"), the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, an 8000+ network of digital visionaries committed to new forms of learning and education. She serves on the Board of Advisors to the John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation "Digital Media and Learning" initiative. Her current research interests include Olaudah Equiano and the controversy over origins, a MacArthur Foundation monograph and collaborative online publication on "The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age" (with David Theo Goldberg), and a study of the culture and neurobiology of "knowing" and attention. With Goldberg, Davidson is co-PI of the HASTAC/MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition. She is also the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies. President Barack Obama nominated her for a six-year term on the National Council on the Humanities, which began in July 2011, after confirmation by the U. S. Senate.

Areas of Interest:

American Literature
19th Century Literature
18th Century literature
technology
digital media and learning
history of the book

Keywords:

American • Chicago • eighteenth-century • gender • Humans • Illinois • Neurosurgery • novel • printing • race • technology

Current Ph.D. Students  

Postdocs Mentored

  • David Sparks (2013/01-present)  
  • Patrick Jagoda (2009/01-present)  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. CN Davidson, Why Higher Education Demands a Paradigm Shift, Public Culture, vol. 26 no. 1 72 (January, 2014), pp. 3-11, ISSN 0899-2363 [doi]
  2. CN Davidson, Humanities and Technology in the Information Age, in The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity., edited by R Frodeman and JT Klein and C Mitcha, manual (2013)
  3. CN Davidson, Strangers on a Train: A Chance Encounter Provides a Lesson in Complicity and the Never- Ending Crisis in the Humanities, Academe: Magazine of the American Association of University Professors ((September 2011).)
  4. CN Davidson, Changing Higher Education to Change the World (Series of 8 Articles), Fast Company (Spring-Fall 2012)
  5. C Davidson, Why Education Demands a Paradigm Shift, Public Culture (2013)


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