ves4 “at” duke.edu | @vszabo
Art, Art History, and Visual Studies and
International Comparative Studies
Associate Research Professor of Visual and Media Studies
Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, Room A262
Information Science + Studies
Program and Lab Director
Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, Room A259 (Lab)
Wired! Lab for Visualizing the Past
Core Faculty; Advisor in MA in Historical and Cultural Visualization
Smith Warehouse, Bay 11, Room A 233 (Lab)
Franklin Humanities Institute
Director, Digital Humanities Initiative and Co-Director, PhD Lab for Digital Knowledge
Co-Director, Information, Society & Culture Theme
My primary research focus is on the critical and practical affordances of database-driven spatial media such as digital maps/HGIS, games, virtual worlds, and mobile applications for teaching, research, and public outreach. I am especially interested in theories and practice of augmented reality (AR) experience design for digital heritage and creative expression, and have worked on location-based urban AR projects in Durham, NC and Venice, Italy, among other places. I’m also interested in multimodal digital archives, exhibitions and installations, most recently the NC Jukebox collection of 1920s and 30s folk music from western NC. I also create videogame-based installation artwork with the Psychasthenia Studio art collective, and am an active member of the ACM SIGGRAPH (Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques) digital arts community.
I teach courses in Art, Art History & Visual Studies on media history and digital cities, the first-semester Proseminar for the MA in Historical and Cultural Visualization, and graduate seminars focused around theories of mapping and virtuality. In Information Science + Studies I teach web design, digital storytelling, and the project-based capstone for our Certificate. I also mentor independent study students in digital project development and in focused areas of technocultural research not otherwise covered by our curriculum. Through my work in the Franklin Humanities Institute and Bass Connections I strive to bring together interdisciplinary teams who can think through together new forms of knowledge production – and their cultural effects – in the digital age. I am the Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative at Duke, DH+, which strives to Amplify, Augment, and Transform the Humanities at Duke and beyond.
I have a Ph.D. in English (Victorian Literature and Culture with a focus on sensationalism and women’s authorship) from the University of Rochester, as well as a Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies from the Susan B. Anthony Institute there. Before coming to Duke, I worked in Academic Technology at Stanford University, where I developed various digital projects, managed a team of Academic Technology Specialists, and taught as a lecturing fellow in the Introduction to the Humanities Program. I have also worked as an Instructional Multimedia Specialist at Grinnell College.
I am also a Master’s rower at the Carolina Masters Crew Club.