Victoria Szabo is Associate Research Professor focused on Visual Studies and New Media in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies. She is Program Director for Information Science + Information Studies and Core Faculty of the Wired! Lab for Visualizing the Past. At the FHI, she is Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative and Co-Director of the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge. She was also previously an affiliated faculty of the Haiti Lab, and also Co-Director of the GreaterThanGames Lab. She holds a Ph.D. in English, and a Certificate from the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Research on Women and Gender, from the University of Rochester. Prior to coming to Duke she worked in academic technology at Stanford.
Her primary research interest is in digital media authorship and its potential to transform scholarly research and its expression, especially in the humanities. Most recently she has been focusing on how spatial media forms - maps, virtual worlds, games, and data viz - might converge in diverse, multimodal, immersive, shared hypermedia places and spaces. Some "test cases" include: visualizing the Great Exhibition of 1851, mapping the contemporary Muhuru Bay community in Kenya, exploring the development of cholera in Haiti, and modeling Duke and Durham, past and present. Most recently she has worked on Venice, Italy, with special attention to architecture and cultural transformation, and on augmented reality systems development. She also works on collaborative video game based art installations with the Psychasthenia Studio, and on curatorial projects with ACM SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.)