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Hannah Jacobs

Hannah L. Jacobs

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

Hannah provides instruction and conducts research in digital concepts and tools for lab courses and projects. She leads tutorials and workshops, collaborates with faculty to develop and implement Digital Humanities projects in the classroom, consults on faculty research, offers advising on digital tools for undergraduate and Master’s student theses, provides technical support for lab projects, and liaises with other digital humanities staff at Duke.

Hannah holds an MA in Digital Humanities from King’s College London (2013) and a BA in English/Theatre from Warren Wilson College (2011). She is currently pursuing an MS in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2018-present). She is interested in challenges of conducting and representing historical research via data and visualization; project management in Digital Humanities; applications of digital technologies in Humanities pedagogies; and potentials of visual interactive storytelling for scholarly communications, public outreach, and education.


Books & Book Chapters

  • Jacobs, Hannah L., Kathryn Wymer, Victoria E. Szabo, and W. Russell Robinson. “A tale of two Durhams: how Duke University and North Carolina Central University are increasing access and building community through DH pedagogy.” In Debates in Digital Humanities Pedagogy, edited by Brian Croxall and Diane Jakacki. Minnesota, MN: University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming.

Public-Facing Scholarship

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



  • 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.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L. “Wired! Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture.” VIS4DH. October 25, 2020.

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.

Funding & Sponsorships