Dr Kathryn Eccles

Senior Research Fellow in HIstory

Detailed Biography

Kathryn is based at the Oxford Internet Institute, where she has been a Research Fellow since 2008. As the University's Digital Humanities Champion, Kathryn was responsible for the Digital Humanities Programme at the Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH) from 2014-7, including the 2015-16 TORCH Headline series Humanities and the Digital Age.  Kathryn was the University of Oxford’s first Digital Humanities Champion, in which capacity she played a leading role in developing the cross-University Digital Humanities strategy, advocating for Digital Humanities within the University and externally. Building on the University’s strengths in Digital Humanities, Kathryn continues to develop training provision for all career stages. She holds a DPhil in Modern History from the University of Oxford, and has been a Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke since 2015.

Research interests

Kathryn’s research interests lie primarily in the Digital Humanities, ranging from the re-organisation of cultural heritage and higher education in the digital world and the impact of new technologies on Humanities scholarship and scholarly communication, to broader debates surrounding the human and social aspects of innovation and technological change. Kathryn is currently the PI of the Cabinet project, which has developed an interactive, mobile-optimised digital platform to support and encourage object-based learning. This project is a collaboration between the Oxford Internet Institute and the Ashmolean, the Museum of the History of Science, the History Faculty, and the University’s IT Services. It builds on research developed during Kathryn’s AHRC Early Career Fellowship (2012-3), which examined the role and impact of crowdsourcing in the arts. In particular, this research project focused on the potential of new information and communication technologies to promote public engagement with and awareness of collections, and to elicit new information about users and usage.

Kathryn has longstanding interests in gender, identity and social change, the subject of her doctoral work in Modern British History. As part of the Semantic Map of Sexism project, she has used topic modelling to understand how and where sexism is experienced, as well as the interplay between constructions of sexism in public and private spheres.