Matthew Kirschenbaum is a devoted scholar of all things digital and literary.
Matthew Kirschenbaum specializes in digital humanities and digital culture. In addition to his work as an Associate Professor in the English department, he is Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, an affiliated faculty member with the College of Information Studies and the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Maryland, and a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. His first book, Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination, was published by the MIT Press in 2008 and won multiple awards, including the 16th annual Prize for a First Book from the Modern Language Association (MLA).
In 2010 he co-authored (with Richard Ovenden and Gabriela Redwine) Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections, a report published by the Council on Library and Information Resources and recognized with a commendation from the Society of American Archivists. Kirschenbaum speaks and writes often on topics in the digital humanities and new media; his work has received coverage in the Atlantic, Slate, New York Times, The Guardian, National Public Radio, Wired, Boing Boing, Slashdot, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. His most recent book, Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing, was by Harvard University Press in spring 2016; with Pat Harrigan, he also co-edited Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming for the MIT Press, a volume containing nearly seventy contributions (also released in spring 2016). He is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.