Dr Kathryn Eccles is a Research Fellow in Digital Humanities at the Oxford Internet Institute and a Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford. In 2014, she was appointed as the first Digital Humanities Champion at Oxford, for which she was seconded to the Humanities Division in order to play a leading role in developing the cross-University Digital Humanities strategy, and advocate for Digital Humanities within the University and externally. Kathryn leads the Digital Humanities programme at The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH), and co-leads the Digital Knowledge and Culture research cluster at the Oxford Internet Institute.
Kathryn’s research activities are centred around the impact of new technologies on engagement with the Arts and Humanities, from scholarly research to public interactions with arts and cultural heritage. From 2012-3, she held an AHRC Early Career Fellowship looking at the impact of crowdsourcing on public engagement with the arts, and she has ongoing research interests in the impact of crowdsourcing on formal and informal learning. She is currently Principal Investigator of the Cabinet project, a new platform which brings together several of Oxford’s academic departments and museum collections in order to improve accessibility to museum objects through digital technology.
Kathryn completed her DPhil in Modern History at the University of Oxford in 2007. Her historical research interests lie in Modern British social and cultural history, particularly around the themes of gender, identity and education, digital research methods, and digital history.