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Hannah L. Jacobs

Digital Humanities Specialist, Duke Digital Art History & Visual Culture Lab

Hannah teaches topics in digital humanities (DH); conducts research in digital pedagogy, project management, and DH praxis; and collaborates and consults with faculty and student researchers. Hannah holds an MS in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2024), an MA in Digital Humanities from King’s College London (2013), and a BA in English/Theatre from Warren Wilson College (2011). Her research interests range from histories of North Carolina to applications of DH in archival contexts.


Books & Book Chapters

  • Chaitra Powell, Brianna McGruder, and Hannah Jacobs. “The Hungry River Collective: Engaging Black Feminism, an Ethics of Care, Slowness, and Community-Driven Principles in Commemoration, Preservation, and Scholarship.” In Record, Document, Archive: Constructing the South Out of Region. Under contract with LSU Press. Anticipated 2025.
  • With Kathryn Wymer, Victoria Szabo, & Russell Robinson. “A tale of two Durhams: how Duke University and North Carolina Central University are increasing access and building community through DH pedagogy.” What We Teach When We Teach DH: Digital Humanities In The Classroom. Edited by Brian Croxall and Diane Jakacki. Minnesota, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2023.


  • With Lee Sorensen. “Dictionary of Art Historians – Art Historian Entries 2017-2023.” Duke Research Data Repository. January 17, 2024.
  • “Session Laws Passed by the North Carolina General Assembly during 1866/67-1967, Identified by Keyword Searching as Laws related to Mental Health Disability, and Addiction, with Laws Likely to be Jim Crow Laws Identified by the On The Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance Project.” Carolina Digital Repository. Last modified July 20, 2023.

Public-Facing Scholarship

  • Jacobs, Hannah L., and Beth Fischer, eds. Visualizing Objects, Places, and Spaces: A Digital Project Handbook.


  • With Paul B. Jaskot, Cosimo Monteleone, and Mark Olson. “An Intersecting and Interoperable History of Krakow under Nazi Occupation: Modeling the Built Environment for Analyzing the Holocaust.” In Holocaust & Genocide Studies. Anticipated 2025.
  • With Kristin Huffman and David Zielinski. “Representing Early Modern Venice: Augmented Reality Experiences in Exhibitions.” In International Journal for Digital Art History, vol. 6, October 27. 2023.
  • With Amanda Henley, Lorin Bruckner, Matthew Jansen, Brianna Nuñez, Rolando Rodriguez, and Morgan Wilson. “On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance, a Collections as Data Case Study.” In Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, vol. 16, no. 4, Accepted September 2023.
  • With Beth Fischer. “A Repository of Shared Pedagogical Practices: Assignments in Visualizing Objects, Places, and Spaces: A Digital Project Handbook.” In Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities, vol. 3, no. 4, June 06, 2023.
  • Jaskot, Paul B., Hannah L. Jacobs, Mark Olson, Victoria Szabo, 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. December 19, 2018.
  • “SketchUp and Sketchfab: Tools for Teaching with 3D.” In Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 81, 2 June 2022. 256-259.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L., and Amanda Lazarus. “An Experience as a Wired! Lab Digital Humanities Teaching Assistant.” Duke Digital Humanities. January 30, 2017.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L. “Collaborative Teaching & Digital Visualization in an Art History Classroom.” Visual Resources Association Bulletin 43, no. 2 (2016).



  • Invited Presenter, “Digital Humanities Projects in Process; or Making Collaborative [Digital] Humanities Happen,” National Humanities Center, March 2, 2023, March 10, 2022, and March 10, 2021.
  • Invited Presenter with Nathan Kelber, “On the Books: Jim Crow & Algorithms of Resistance,” Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, July 31-August 2, 2022.
  • Invited Presenter, “Digital Humanities & Project Management,” Illinois Wesleyan DH Summer Camp, July 14, 2022.
  • Invited Presenter, “Making Digital Art History Happen: Resources & Methods,” Art Libraries Society of North America Annual Conference, April 5-9, 2022.
  • Instructor, “A Gentle Introduction to Optical Character Recognition with PyTesseract,” Text Analysis Pedagogy Institute, June 14-18, 2021.
  • Presenter. “Wired! Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture.” VIS4DH. October 25, 2020.
  • Forum Co-Facilitator, “Representation Matters: How Do We Promote a Radically Inclusive Digital Humanities?,” Digital Humanities 2020 Virtual Conference, July 20-24, 2020.


  • Baltes, Elizabeth P., Caroline Bruzelius, Hannah L. Jacobs, and Timothy Shea. “Digital Thinking and Art History: Re-Imagining Teaching, Research, and the Museum.” Paper presented as part of the Intermezzo Speaking Series, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC, September 29, 2015.
  • Bruzelius, Caroline, and Hannah L. Jacobs. “Demonstration: Using a Neatline Syllabus in the Introductory Art History Survey.” Paper presented as part of the panel “Art Historians Interested in Pedagogy and Technology: ‘A Signature Pedagogy for Art History in the Twenty-First Century’” at the College Art Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C, February 3, 2016.
  • Bruzelius, Caroline, and Hannah L. Jacobs. “Wired! Full Immersion: Neatline and the Digital Syllabus.” Paper presented at Media Arts + Sciences Rendezvous, Duke University, Durham, NC, March 19, 2015.
  • Holloway, Carson, and Hannah L. Jacobs. “DEVONthink.” Workshop presented at the DH Studio Workshop, Digital Scholarship Services, Duke University, Durham, NC, March 25, 2015.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L. “Collaborative Teaching & Critical Digital Making in an Art History Classroom.” Paper presented at Digital Humanities 2016, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland, July 15, 2016. Jacobs, Hannah L., and Beth Fischer. “Visualizing Objects, Places, and Spaces: A Digital Project Handbook.” [Presentation & Workshop] Digital Humanities Collaborative Institute. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, March 5-6, 2020.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L., and Beth Fisher. “Visualizing Objects, Places, and Spaces: A Digital Project Handbook.” Digital Humanities 2020, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, July 2020.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L., and Victoria Szabo. “Digital Archiving & Storytelling in the Classroom with Omeka & CurateScape.” Digital Humanities 2016. Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. July 12, 2016.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L., Annie Haueter, Julia Huang, and Timothy D. Shea. “Digital Curation in the Arts: Working with the Wired! Lab.” Presentation for the Duke Library Advisory Board, Duke University, Durham, NC, April 8, 2016.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L., Erica Hayes, and Nathan Kelber. “Project Management and DH.” Presentation at Digital Humanities Nuts and Bolts: From Idea to Sustainable Project, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC, October 2, 2018.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L., Paul Jaskot, Mark J. V. Olson, Victoria E. Szabo, and Edward Triplett. “Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D (Geo)Spatial Networks.” Panel presentations at the College Art Association Conference, New York, NY, February 13, 2019.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L., Paul Jaskot, Mark J. V. Olson, Victoria E. Szabo, and Edward Triplett. Presentation at “Coding Our Collection: Datathon,” National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, October 25, 2019.
  • Sorensen, Lee, and Hannah L. Jacobs. “Updates from the Dictionary of Art Historians.” Presentation at the Art Historians’ Archives Workshop, Getty Research Institute, January 28, 2019.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L. “Flipping the DH Workshop, or Rethinking How We Teach DH Tools.” Presentation at the Digital Scholarship Open House, Duke University, Durham, NC, February 21, 2019.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L. “Points, Lines, Polygons, and Pixels: A Framework for Teaching & Learning Humanities Through Visualization.” Poster presented at Digital Humanities 2017: Access/Accés, Montreal, Canada, August 10, 2017.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L. “Reflections on Uses of Spatiotemporal Visualization in a Humanities Classroom.” Visualization & Interactive Systems Friday Forum Speaking Series, Duke University, Durham, NC, October 16, 2015.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L. “Roundtable: Setting Up a Digital Humanities Curriculum.” Presentation at the Renaissance Society of America, Toronto, Canada, March 19, 2019.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L. “Teaching & Learning with Virtual Reality: Learn About It & Experience It!” Presentation for the Learn IT @ Lunch Seminar Series, Duke University, Durham, NC, September 9, 2015.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L. “Toward a Framework for Project-Based Learning with Visual Storytelling.” Paper presented at HASTAC 2017: The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, November 4, 2017.

Dissertations & Theses

  • Carrillo, Alan. “Modeling Ambiguity: An Analysis of the Paris Temple.” MA thesis, 2019.
  • Leon, Emily. “Analyzing the Crisis of Hilma af Klint: The Digital and Analog Analysis of Spirituality, Abstraction, and Art.” MA thesis, Duke University, 2018.
  • Miers, Henrietta. “Mapping All Above: Sixteenth-Century Ceiling Painting in Venetian Churches at a Time of Religious Reform.” MA thesis, Duke University, 2015.

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