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Assistant Research Professor, Visual Studies and New Media
Program Director, Information Science + Information Studies
Core Collaborator, Wired! Group
Affiliated Faculty, Franklin Humanities Institute Labs
Victoria Szabo teaches courses in media history, computational media, information science + studies, and digital humanities theory/practice in Art, Art History & Visual Studies (AAHVS), Information Science + Information Studies (ISIS), and the MFA Program in Experimental and Documentary Arts. She is a member of the Graduate Faculty, and is the Program Director for ISIS, which offers Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates. She also advises undergraduate majors in Visual and Media Studies. Her primary research focus is on the critical and practical affordances of database-driven spatial media such as digital maps, games and virtual worlds, and mobile applications for narrative use in teaching, research, artistic expression, and public outreach. She has co-developed augmented reality and game-based “digital city” projects in/for Durham, NC, Vancouver, BC, and Venice, Italy. She also does digital artwork with the Psychasthenia Studio art collective, and is an active member of ACM SIGGRAPH (Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques) , with whom she has curated exhibitions themed on information aesthetics and on the idea of “scale.”
Szabo holds a Ph.D. in English (Victorian Literature and Culture) as well as a Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies from the Susan B. Anthony Institute from the University of Rochester. She worked as an academic technology developer for the humanities at Stanford University from 1999-2006 before moving to Duke in Fall 2006.