Dr Julianne Nyhan

Julianne Nyhan

I am Senior Lecturer (associate Professor) in Digital Information Studies at UCL’s Department of Information Studies. Before moving to UCL I held positions in University College Cork, Ireland (where I was awarded my PhD (2006) on ‘The application of XML to the historical lexicography of Old, Middle and early modern Irish: a lexicon-based analysis’); the European Science Foundation, France; and the University of Trier, Germany.

My recent publications include the edited collections Digital Humanities in Practice (Facet 2012), the best selling Digital Humanities: a Reader (Ashgate 2013) and Clerics, Kings and Vikings: essays on Medieval Ireland (Four Courts, 2015). Details of my other publications are available here. My colleagues and I recently won the 2014 CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Contribution Award for our Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH) project (2009-2012).


At present I’m working on a book that is due out in 2016 and has the provisional title Computation and the Humanities: towards an oral history of Digital Humanities. It will draw on my research for the 'Hidden Histories of Computing in the Humanities’ project.

This history of Digital Humanities has, with a few notable exceptions, been more or less ignored both by the Digital Humanities community and the Humanities itself. The pioneering research that is being undertaken by the Hidden Histories project is gradually changing this picture. Our research (which includes both oral history and archival research) is uncovering, documenting and analysing a number of the social, intellectual and creative processes that helped to shape research into computing in the Humanities from the 1950s until the present day. 

My research interests include: 

  • most aspects of Digital Humanities (with special emphasis on XML, TEI, digital editions, scholarly publishing, digital lexicography and the theory and practice of collaboration and interdisciplinary)
  • Information Studies (including the history of Information and electronic publishing); the history of computing (especially in the Humanities);
  • Oral History
  • the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (especially object-based learning and integrative learning)
  • and (more recently) the Sociology of Science (especially in terms of the dynamics of disciplinary formation) and Critical Cultural Heritage studies (especially in terms of its intersections with Digital Humanities).

Esteem, reviewing and committee work

I am a reviewer for various funding bodies, among others, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) (where I am a member of their Peer Review College) and COST. I am an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities and a member of the review panel of the Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Scholarship. I am communications Editor of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews and I am peer reviewer for a number of journals and conferences, for example, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Literary and Linguistic Computing, The Computer Journal, Isis etc.

I am a member of the UCL Bibliometrics Working Group and a of its Traslation@UCL Steering group. Within the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities I have the role of European Liaison manager. Within the Department of Information Studies I am Admissions Tutor for the MA/MSc in Digital Humanities and MSc Information Science; I am also DEOLO (Departmental Equal Opportunity Liaison Officer).

Teaching, supervision and enabling

INSTG008 Digital Resources in the Humanities (Core for Digital Humanities; Option for Library and Information Studies, Information Science, Archives and Records management. Available for short course students).

INST6003 Advanced Topics on the Digital Humanities (Option for Digital Humanities, Library and Information Studies, Information Science, Archives and Records management. Available for short course students). (Not taught in 2015-16 session)

INST6002 Web Technologies, Users and management (Core for first year undergraduate Information Management for Business (IMB) BSc)

INSTG042 Individual Approved Study for Digital Humanities students (where the proposed research topic is a fit with my interests and expertise)

INSTG017 Internet Technologies (Core for Digital Humanities and Information Science. Available for short course students)

I am also the Work placement coordinator for the MA/MSc in Digital Humanities. The object of the practical placement is to introduce and expose students to working practices and situations in digital humanities projects and contexts. More information is available here.


Paolo Casani, (MPhil/PhD, part time, second supervisor)

I am interested in proposals from potential PhD students who wish to undertake research in Digital Humanities, Oral History, Information Studies and the History of Computing. 

Past activities include serving on the Council of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) (2009-2011). I formally participated in Working Group 3 ('Strategic IT Recommendations') of the COST project InterEdition. The Working Group brought together experts in digital humanities and digital libraries in order to guide and inspire the work of Working Group 2 ('Prototyping/Development'). I was on the Steering Committee of LSE's project to digitise the diaries of Beatrice Webb and a member of the Day in the life of the Digital Humanities organising team.  I was  text encoding consultant to the Montefiore Testimonials Digitization project.

Office hours: Term 1: Fridays from 13:00-14:00

Term 2: Tuesdays from 09:30 - 10:30.

Term 3: by appointment only. Please email in order to make an appointment  

Address correspondence to:

Dr Julianne Nyhan
Department of Information Studies
University College London
Foster Court
London WC1E 6BT
UCL extension: 32476

Direct Line: 020 7679 2476 (International: 004420 7679 2476)

Fax: 020 7383 0557

Office: G42, Foster Court

Email j.nyhan@ucl.ac.uk