Diane K. Jakacki, Ph.D.
Bucknell University
Digital Scholarship Coordinator and
Associated Faculty in Comparative Humanities

University of Waterloo: Waterloo, Ontario
Department of English Language and Literature
Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, 2010

Georgia Institute of Technology: Atlanta, Georgia
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-2013

University of Toronto: Toronto, Ontario
Master of Arts in English, 2005

Lafayette College: Easton, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts in English and History, 1986

‘Covetous to parley with so sweet a frontis-peece’: Illustration in Early Modern Play-Texts.
Supervisor: Dr. Katherine Acheson
Committee: Dr. Jennifer Roberts-Smith and Dr. Sarah Tolmie
External Reader: Dr. Holger Schott-Syme
My dissertation analyzed patterns of visual rhetoric in the illustrated title pages of seventeenth-century English printed drama. These images raise significant questions about public practices, politics, and the relationship between the contemporary theatrical audience and the reading public. Furthermore, they represent definite and hitherto unacknowledged emphasis on performance aspects of published drama, thereby communicating distinctive value in their viewers.

Areas of Specialization
Digital Humanities: digital humanities theory and praxis – in particular the intersection of textual and spatial analysis, digital pedagogy, visual rhetoric, multimedia theory and design
Early Modern Studies: early modern drama and literature, performance, history of the book and popular culture.

GRANTS (Principal Investigator)
Successful: NHPRC-Mellon Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives Planning Grant, 2018: REED London ($100,000) Under Review: NHPRC-Mellon Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives Planning Grant, 2019: Liberal Arts Based Digital Publishing Cooperative.

GRANTS (Collaborator/Researcher)

Successful: CANARIE Research Software Program, 2017-2019: Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory. Susan Brown, Principal Investigator.

Successful: Canadian Foundation for Innovation, 2019-2021:  REED London, as part of the Linked Infrastructure for Networked Cultural Scholarship consortium. Susan Brown, Principal Investigator.

Under Review: SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, 2020-2022: as part of the Linked Early Modern Drama Online project. Janelle Jenstad, Principal Investigator

Editions and Volumes

  • Debates in Digital Humanities Pedagogy. Brian Croxall and Diane Jakacki, eds. Minneapolis, MN: U Minnesota P. Under contract.
  • Early Modern Studies After the Digital Turn. Laura Estill, Diane Jakacki, Michael Ullyot, eds. Malden, MA: ITER. 2016.
  • Henry VIII, (digital edition), Internet Shakespeare Editions,, ongoing publication.
  • The Play of Wit and Science, Broadview Anthology of Medieval Drama. Buffalo, NY: Broadview Press, 2012.
  • The Shoemaker’s Holiday, Broadview Anthology of British Drama. Buffalo, NY: Broadview Press. Forthcoming.
  • When You See Me You Know Me, (digital edition), Renaissance Digital Editions. Forthcoming.
  • DH2017 Conference Proceedings: Digital Humanities Scholarship. Diane Jakacki and Edward Vanhouette, eds. Forthcoming.

Articles, Book Chapters

  • “Plumbing the Infinite (Editorial) Others.” Shakespeare’s Language in Digital Media: Old Words, New Tools. Janelle Jenstad and Jennifer Roberts-Smith, eds. Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 2018.
  • “Mapping”. (with Janelle Jenstad). Text Technologies: Computation for Literary Analysis. James O’Sullivan, ed. State College, PA: The Pennsylvania State UP. 2017.
  • “Reifying the Maker as Humanist” (with Katherine Faull and John Hunter). Making Humanities Matter, Jentery Sayers, ed. Minneapolis, MN: U. of Minnesota Press. 2017.
  • “Teaching Shakespeare’s Histories in the Composition Classroom.” Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s History Plays. Laurie Ellinghausen, ed. Modern Languages Association. 2016.
  • “Doing DH in the Classroom: Transforming the Humanities Curriculum through Digital Engagement”. (with Katherine Faull) Doing Digital Humanities: Practice, Training and Research. Richard J. Lane, Raymond Siemens, and Constance Crompton, eds. Abington, UK: Routledge. 2016.
    • “Mapping Toponyms in Early Modern Plays with the Map of Early Modern London and Internet Shakespeare Editions Projects.” (with Janelle Jenstad). Early Modern Studies and the Digital Turn. Laura Estill, Diane Jakacki, Michael Ullyot, eds. Malden, MA: ITER. 2016.
  • “Digital Learning in an Undergraduate Context: Promoting Long Term Student-Faculty Collaboration.” (with Katherine Faull). Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. 2015. DOI:
  • “Programming in the Digital Humanities.” (with James O’Sullivan and Mary Galvin). Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. DOI:
  • “From the Ground Up: Shaping Community, Collaboration, and Multiliteracies at Georgia Tech.” (with Brandy Blake, Rebecca Burnett, Andy Frazee, Karen Head, Chris Ritter, Nirmal Trivedi, and Christopher Weedman). Making Space: Writing Instruction, Infrastructure, and Multiliteracies, James Purdy and Danielle Nicole DeVoss, eds. 2014. <>
    • “Title Page Engravings and Re-ordering the Quartos of A Game at Chess”. Research on Medieval and Renaissance Drama, XLX, 2012: 45-70.
  • “The Roman de la rose in Text and Image: a Multimedia Research and Teaching Tool.” (with Christine McWebb). Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture. Brent Nelson and Melissa Terras, eds. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2012.
  • “‘Canst Paint a Doleful Cry?’: Promotion and Performance in the Spanish Tragedy Title Page Illustration”. Early Theatre, 13.1, 2010: 13-36.
  • “Bespoke DH: How We Tailor Our Research to Fit the Classroom.” Digital Pedagogy in Early Modern Studies. Andrea Silva, ed. Malden, MA: ITER. Forthcoming.

• Georgia Tech WOVENText Version 2.1 (with Rebecca Burnett, Katy Crowther, Andy Frazee, Kathleen Hanggi, Jennifer Orth-Veillon, Sarah Schiff and Malavika Shetty, and Robin Wharton.) New York: Bedford St. Martin’s. 2012.

Book Reviews
• Teaching Early Modern English Literature from the Archives, by Heidi Brayman Hackel and Ian Frederick Moulton, eds., and New Ways of Looking at Old Texts, V: Papers of the Renaissance English Text Society, 2007-2010, by Michael Roy Denbo, ed. for Renaissance Quarterly, 70.7, 2017.

Peer Reviewer
• Digital Humanities Quarterly
• Renaissance Quarterly
• Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Scholarship
• Early Modern Women Journal
• The Bedford Guide for College Writers. Kennedy, X. J., Dorothy M. Kennedy, and Marcia F. Muth. New York: Bedford St. Martin’s. 2014.
• Conference Proceedings of the Digital Middle Ages: Teaching and Research, the Third International MARGOT Conference. 2011.

• “Why Teach DH: Teaching, Learning, Doing DH in a Liberal Arts Context.” Keynote. Triangle Digital Humanities Institute on Digital Humanities Pedagogy. Duke University. 2019.
• “What’s in a Name? How Semantic Markup Transforms the Classroom.” Keynote. TEI 2017. University of Victoria. 2017.
• “Jack of all Trades: Master of One: The Promise of Intermethodological Collaboration.” Keynote. Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School. 2017
• “Bespoke DH: How we Tailor our Research to Fit the Classroom.” Invited talk. University of Guelph 2016.
• “How we Teach? Digital Humanities Pedagogy in an Imperfect World”. Keynote. Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques 2016 Annual Meeting.


  • ” Encoding Working Lives: Modelling an Undergraduate DH Research Project on Archival Moravian Ego-Documents.” (with Katherine Faull, Carly Masonheimer, Jess Hom, Marleina Cohen.)
  • Association for Computers and the Humanities 2019 Annual Meeting, July 2019.
  • “Who Teaches When We Teach DH?. (with Brian Croxall). Digital Humanities 2019 Annual Meeting, July 2019.
  • “Encoding the ‘Floating Gap’: Linking Cultural Memory, Identity, and Complex Place”. (with Katherine Faull). Digital Humanities 2019 Annual Meeting, July 2019.
  • “Connecting the Coterie: Linking Women in Early Modern London”. (with Kim Martin). Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, March 2019.
  • “Publish|Present|Discover|Read: REED London Reconsidering the Digital Edition”. Modern Language Association 2019 Annual Meeting, January 2019.
  • “Purpose and Purpose-built: Considering Multi-purposality in Developing a Linked Historical Gazetteer of London”. (with Kim Martin). Linked Pasts IV: Views From Inside The LOD-cloud symposium, December 2018.
  • “Minding the ‘Floating Gap’: Cultural Memory Identity and Metonymous Place in Colonial Pennsylvania”. (with Katherine Faull). Linked Pasts IV; Views From Inside The LOD-cloud symposium, December 2018.
  • “REED London and the Promise of Critical Infrastructure”. (with Kim Martin, Susan Brown, James Cummings). Digital Humanities 2018 Annual Meeting.
  • “Resolving the Polynymy of Place: or How to Create a Gazetteer of Colonized Landscapes”. (with Katherine Faull). Digital Humanities 2018 Annual Meeting.
  • “REED London: Humanistic Roots, Humanistic Futures”. Modern Language Association 2017 Annual Meeting.
  • “Can I be a Feminist and Still Play Assassin’s Creed? … an Anxious Interrogation”. Keynote response. Electronic Literature Organization 2016 Conference.
  • • “REED and the Prospect of Networked Data.” Society for Renaissance Studies/Société canadienne d’etudes de la Renaissance 2016 Annual Meeting.
  • “Digital Networks and Communities: Current Issues and Responses” roundtable.
  • “Data Envy”. Modern Language Association 2016 Annual Meeting.
  • “Stepping Away from the Podium” Plenary. 2015 Digital Pedagogy Institute.
  • • “Pedagogical Hermeneutics and Teaching DH in a Liberal Arts Context.” (with Katherine Faull). Digital Humanities 2015 Annual Meeting.
  • “Building Bridges to — Where? The Phenomenology of Undergraduate. DH.” (with Katherine Faull). Innovations in Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Local, National, and International Training. 2015 Conference.
  • “Teaching DH in a Liberal Arts Context.” 2015 Joint ACH & Canadian DH Conference.
  • • “Bringing Digital Tools into the Classroom: A Case Study Using the Map of Early Modern London.” Respondent. 2015 Modern Language Association Annual Meeting.
  • “Digital Learning in an Undergraduate Context: Promoting Long Term Student-Faculty (and Community) Collaboration in the Susquehanna Valley.” (with Katherine Faull) Digital Humanities 2014 Annual Meeting.
  • “What we make of Code: The Role of Programming in the Digital Humanities.” (with James O’Sullivan). Digital Humanities 2014 Annual Meeting.
  • “Mapping Toponyms in Early Modern Plays with MoEML and ISE.” (with Janelle Jenstad). Renaissance Society of America 2014 Annual Meeting.
  • “Building Bridges between Early Modern Digital Research and Pedagogy.” Pacific Coast Conference in British Studies 2014 Annual Meeting.
  • “Visualization of Geospatial/Textual Relationships in King Henry VIII.” Shakespeare Association of America 2013 Annual Meeting.
  • “Tracing the Steps of Touring Actors: Using REED Records and GIS to Illuminate Sixteenth- Century Performance Practices.” 2012 Sixteenth Century Society and Conference.
  • “Teaching Early Modern Popular Culture with Digital Editions.” Renaissance Society of America 2012 Annual Meeting.

Areas of Specialization
Digital Humanities, Pedagogy and New Media: digital humanities theory and practice, visual rhetoric, media studies, multimedia theory and design.
Early Modern and Medieval Studies: Shakespeare, Chaucer, British literature through 1800, medieval and early modern drama, theatre history, print and popular culture.

Digital Humanities and Media Studies
• Approaches to the Digital Humanities: The Politics and Meaning of Maps (UNIV 200 – Spring 2018, Fall 2018)
• Approaches to the Digital Humanities: Surveillance and Social Justice (UNIV 200 – Spring 2017)
• Advanced Text Analysis (HUMN 271 – Fall 2016, Fall 2019)
• Digging into the Digital (HUMN 100 – Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2017)
• Oversight of multiple independent study projects (HUMN 319 – 2015-17)
• Digital Rhetoric and Interaction Design
• Introduction to Media Studies
• Silent Film and Early Modern 20th Century Popular Culture
• The Cult(ure) of Celebrity and 21st Century Social Media
• Writing for the American Film Institute Catalogue (independent study)
• Computer Science Senior Design Capstone Project (advisor)

Literature and Drama
• Shakespeare’s English History
• #DigitalBard: New Media Approaches to Shakespearean Drama
• Renaissance London City Comedy
• Survey of British Literature I and II (1400-1700, 1700-1900)
• The Short Story
• The Rebel
• Youth and Adolescence
• Theatre
• Introduction to Theatre
• Theatre History
• Theatre Criticism
• Writing and Communication
• English Composition I and II
• Introduction to Academic Writing
Teaching Faculty
• Bucknell University, 2014-Present
• Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-2013
• University of Waterloo, 2007-2010

Directorships, Advisory Boards,
• Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
o Conference Coordinating Committee Vice-Chair (2017- Present)
o Program Committee Chair (2017)
o Program Committee Vice-Chair (2016)
o Program Committee Member (2015)
• Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société des humanities numériques
o Executive Board (2014-Present)
• Coding for Humanists
o Editorial Board (2018-Present).
• Internet Shakespeare Editions
o Technical Editor (2015-Present).
o Editorial Board (2014-Present).
• Map of Early Modern London Project
o Pedagogy Advisory Board (2014-Present).
• Records of Early English Drama
o Executive Board (2015-Present).
o Digital Advisory Board (2010-Present).
• Orlando Project
o Editorial Board (2016-Present).
• Iter Project
o Digital Advisory Board (2012-Present).
• National Endowment for the Humanities (2014)
o Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant Review Panelist

Mentorship & Advising
• External Examiner, Corina Koolen doctoral defense (University of Amsterdam), 2018

Training and Instruction
• DH@Guelph
o Instructor, Advanced TEI course (co-taught with Laura Mandell), 2018
o Instructor, Digital Humanities Pedagogy, 2017
• Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI).
o Assistant Director, 2012-Present.
o Instructor, Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities course, 2012-Present.
o Instructor, Digital Humanities Pedagogy workshop DHSI@Congress, 2014-Present.
o Instructure, Digital Humanities Pedagogy workshop DHSI@MLA, 2015-Present
• Lewis & Clark Introducing Digital Pedagogy into the Humanities workshop
o Instructor, 2013.
• Gonzaga University, Digital Humanities Pedagogy workshop, 2018

Professional Memberships
• Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société des humanities numériques (Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations)
• Modern Language Association
• Renaissance Society of America
• Shakespeare Association of America