Victoria Szabo

Office Hours: 

Fall 2020: Fridays 9-11AM in Teams and by appointment (email)

Victoria Szabo

Director of the Information Science + Studies Certificate Program

External Address: 
114 S Buchanan Blvd Bay 10, Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90766, Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 668-1932

 My primary teaching and research interests are in the intersection of digital humanities and technology, media, and information studies, especially in relation to spatial, immersive, and interactive media forms. My current focus is on the study and creation of augmented reality experiences in urban, exurban, and exhibition contexts. Recent collaborative, archives-driven digital projects include Digital Durham, NC Jukebox (NC mountain music), and Ghett/App (architectural history of the Venetian Ghetto). A new project, Visualizing Lovecraft, explores the digital remediation of fictive places and spaces as a form of literary adaptation. I also co-create video game based art installations with Psychasthenia Studio, and engage in digital arts curation projects as Chair of the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community. Some of my recent written work has appeared in Media and Communication, the Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities, and the recent CLIR report on 3D/VR in the Academic Library.

I also have a strong interest in interdisciplinary and lab-based approaches to scholarship and to the hybrid futures of higher education. I currently direct the Information Science+Studies Certificate Program and the Digital Art History/Computational Media MA in Art, Art History & Visual Studies, and was founding DGS for the interdisciplinary PhD in Computational Media, Arts & Cultures. I also collaborate in the Wired Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture. At the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute I lead the Duke Digital Humanities Initiative, where I co-direct the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge and the NCCU-Duke Digital Humanities Fellows Program. I am co-lead of the Bass Connections Information, Society & Culture theme, and partner in the Duke Game Lab. I am also involved in faculty governance, serving on the Executive Committee of the Academic Council (ECAC) for 2018-20 and the Undergraduate Education Committee with the Board of Trustees for 2019-20.

Before coming to Duke, I worked as an Academic Technology Specialist and Manager at Stanford University. I have a PhD from the University of Rochester in English, where I studied 19th century British literature and culture, sensationalism, and women's authorship. I also have a Certificate from the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Research on Women and Gender. I got my start in DH with the Camelot Project in the Robbins Library.


  • Ph.D., University of Rochester 2000
  • M.A., University of Rochester 1996
  • M.A., Indiana University at Bloomington 1992
  • B.A., Williams College 1990

Szabo, V. “Apprehending the Past: Augmented Reality, Archives, and Cultural Memory.” In The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities, Vol. 1. Routledge, 2018. Open Access Copy

Szabo, V. “Guidebooks and mobile applications: a new mode of communication.” In Visualizing Venice Mapping and Modeling Time and Change in a City. Routledge, 2017.

Szabo, V. “Visualizing Venice summer workshops for for graduate students and beginning scholars.” In Visualizing Venice Mapping and Modeling Time and Change in a City. Routledge, 2017.

Szabo, V. “Introduction,” 328–29, 2015.

Szabo, V. “Introduction,” 48:328–29, 2015. Full Text

Szabo, V. E., Timothy Senior, and Florian Wiencek. “Digital Cities: A Collaborative Engagement with Urban Heritage.” In Proceedings of the 2013 International Digital Heritage Congress, 2:349–52. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., 2013.

Szabo, V. “On the Algerian Sands: Reviving Cigarette in Under Two Flags.” In Nineteenth-Century Women at the Movies Adapting Classic Women’s Fiction to Film. Popular Press, 1999.

Szabo, V., and Angela D. Jones. “The Uninvited Guest: Erase of Women in Ordinary People.” In Vision/Re-Vision Adapting Contemporary American Fiction by Women to Film. Popular Press, 1996.

Szabo, V. “Psychasthenia studio and the gamification of contemporary culture.” Media and Communication 6, no. 2 (January 1, 2018): 90–102. Full Text

Szabo, V., S. Z. Lacedelli, and G. Pompanin. “From Landscape to Cities: A Participatory Approach to the Creation of Digital Cultural Heritage.” International Information and Library Review 49, no. 2 (April 3, 2017): 115–23. Full Text

Szabo, Victoria. “Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History.” American Literature 87, no. 2 (June 2015): 418–20.

Lanzoni, K., M. Olson, and V. Szabo. “Wired! and Visualizing Venice: Scaling up Digital Art History.” Artl@S Bulletin 4, no. 1 (2015): 20–39.

Timothy, J., F. Wiencek, and V. Szabo. “Digital Cities: A collaborative engagement with urban heritage.” Proceedings of the Digitalheritage 2013  Federating the 19th Int’L Vsmm, 10th Eurographics Gch, and 2nd Unesco Memory of the World Conferences, Plus Special Sessions Fromcaa, Arqueologica 2.0 Et Al. 2 (December 1, 2013): 349–52. Full Text

Szabo, V. “Introduction.” Leonardo 46, no. 4 (August 1, 2013): 389. Full Text

Szabo, V. E. “XYZN: Scale.” Leonardo 46 (2013): 386–417.


Jaskot, Paul, Hannah Jacobs, Victoria Szabo, Mark Olson, and Edward Triplett. “Shaping the Discipline of Digital Art History: A recap of an advanced summer institute on 3-D and (geo)spatial networks.” The Iris: Behind the Scenes at the Getty, December 19, 2018.

Szabo, Victoria, and Joyce Rudinsky. “Psychasthenia 3: Dupes,” 2018.

Szabo, V., and J. Rudinsky. “Psychasthenia 2,” 2012.

Szabo, V., D. Jenson, E. Cloninger, P. Corbett, M. Hoyle, J. Ivker, E. Jernigan, et al. “19th-Century Caribbean Cholera Timemap,” 2011.

Szabo, V. E., and Joyce Rudinsky. “Psychasthenia 2,” February 2012.

Technology, MLA Committee for Information. “Guidelines for Evaluating Work in Digital Humanities and Digital Media,” January 2012.

Szabo, V. E. “Assistant Editor, Special Issue.” Leonardo. MIT Press, August 2011.

Szabo, V. E. “Augmented SIGGRAPH/Vancouver,” August 2011.

Rudinsky, Joyce, Victoria Szabo, Jason Copolsky, and Eric Knisley Mark Robinson. “Psychasthenia,” February 2010.

Szabo, V. E., Zach Lerner, Meg Tobin, Emily Poplawski, and Lacey Kim Michal Koszycki. “Virtual Duke Tour,” 2010.

Szabo, V. E., Sherryl Broverman, numerous student, and community collaborators. “Multimedia Mapping: Muhuru Bay,” 2010.

Dobin, Hank, and et al. “Technology Fluency and its Place in Liberal Education.” Teagle Foundation White Paper, 2007.


Selected Grants

American Council of Learned Societies Emerging Voices Fellow awarded by American Council of Learned Societies (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2021

Virtual and Augmented Reality for Digital Humanities Institute (VARDHI) awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020

Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D and (Geo)Spatial Networks awarded by J. Paul Getty Trust (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020