Curtis Fletcher

Curtis Fletcher

Curtis 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, and critical making. He specializes in digital research and writing, with particular expertise in new models for authoring, credentialing, and publishing born-digital humanities scholarship.

Prior to directing the Ahmanson Lab at the Harman Academy, Curtis had been Associate Multimedia Editor for Urban History at Cambridge University Press; Administrative Assistant for the Center for Transformative Scholarship in the Digital Age; Administrative Director for the Program in Science, Technology and Society; Director of Digital Communications for the Visual Studies Research Institute; and Project Manager for the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture.

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

Recent Publications

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 Presentations and Workshops

June 2017. Directed 5-day workshop at Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT). Scalar + Multimodal Authoring.

April 2017. Beyond the Platform: Enabling and Supporting New Forms of Digital Scholarship. Brown University Library.

February 2017.  “Alternative Scholarly Publishing: Beyond the ePub.” USC Libraries.

November 2015. “Film Archives and Digital Humanities: Tools, Resources, Pedagogy.” Association of Moving Images Archivists, Portland, Oregon.

September 2015. Panel Speaker. National Endowment for the Humanities, Project Directors Meeting, “Project Development: Scaling Up and Out.”

Recent Awards

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



Member Position: 
Senior Administration