Curtis Fletcher

curtis fletcherCurtis Fletcher is the Director of the Ahmanson Lab.

His research draws on key questions in the fields of media studies, visual studies, science and technology studies, and the history of technology. His published works examine the history of educational technology, the history of humanities education, and the history of the digital humanities. His work in the digital humanities focuses on multimedia and multimodal authoring and publishing, digital pedagogy, critical making, and the development of extended reality (XR) humanities projects.

He is a Co-Director of the multimedia authoring platform, Scalar.


Ph.D. History, USC
B.A. History, UC Berkeley
B.A. Philosophy, UC Berkeley

Recent Publications

"A Case for Scholarly Making in the Library: Makerspaces, Innovation Labs, and the Evolution of Scholarly Communications," College & Undergraduate Libraries Vol. 27, No. 2 (2021). (Routledge).

with Rebecca Corbett, Rika Hiro, and Anne-Marie Maxwell, “Unpinning Poster Archive: Building a Class Exhibition Digitally During COVID-19,” Textshop Experiments 7.5 (2020).

with David R. Ambaras, Erik Loyer, and Kate McDonald, “Building a Multivocal Spatial History: Scalar and the Bodies and Structures Project,” Platform Vol. 1, No. 1 (2019).

Educational Technology and the Humanities: A History of Control,” in Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein, eds., Debates in the Digital Humanities 2019 (University of Minnesota Press, 2019).

with Danielle Mihram, “USC Digital Voltaire: Centering Digital Humanities in the Traditions of Library and Archival Science,” portal: Libraries and the Academy, Vol. 19, No. 1 (2019), pp. 7–17. (Johns Hopkins University Press).

The School of Tomorrow: Promoting Electronic Multimedia Education in the 1960s,” History and Technology, Vol. 33, No. 4 (2018), pp. 428-440. (Routledge).

Recent Awards

2022. Co-PI.  National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities Digital Humanities Advancement Grant, $150,000. Booksnake: Building and Testing an Augmented Reality Tool for Embodied Interaction with Existing Digitized Archival Materials.

2021. Co-organizer. USC Visions and Voices. California Dystopia: Understanding Climate Change and Social Collapse through Science Fiction. $17,000.

2020. Co-PI. National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities Digital Humanities Advancement Grant, $100,000. "Remastering the Renaissance: A Virtual Experience of Pope Julius II’s Library in Raphael’s Stanza della Segnatura."

2019. Co-organizer. USC Visions and Voices. Emotionally Intelligent Robots: More Human than Human? $18,000.

2018. Organizer. USC Visions and Voices. Making Data More Human: An Evening with Jer Thorp. $15,000.

2016-2018. Co-PI. National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities Implementation Grant, $325,000. “Implementing Scalar for Digital Humanities Multimodal Online Publishing: Editorial and Authorial Workflow in Collaboration with Presses, Archives, and Humanities Centers.”


Regular Member, American Library Association

Regular Member, Association of College and Research Libraries

Regular Member, Library and Information Technology Association

Regular Member, Association for Computers and the Humanities