Digital Humanities at SBU Libraries

What is Digital Humanities?

Center for Digital Humanities

Digital humanities (DH) research, practice and teaching inhabit the points of contact between digital technologies and humanities disciplines. University College London Centre for Digital Humanities describes DH practice as an intention “. . . to produce applications and models that make possible new kinds of research, both in the humanities disciplines and in computer science and its allied technologies. [DH] also studies the impact of these techniques on cultural heritage, memory institutions, libraries, archives, and digital culture.”

For more information, see the MLA Guidelines for Evaluating Work in the Digital Humanities and Digital Media.

The Center for Digital Humanities

The Stony Brook University Libraries Center for Digital Humanities is a space for research, teaching, and learning in all disciplines related to the practice of the digital humanities.  The Center is an intellectual meeting place for researchers applying digital practices to humanistic inquiry and for those using a humanistic lens to examine questions related to technology, in all fields.

The Stony Brook University Libraries Center for Digital Humanities is open by appointment.  If you would like to make an appointment, please Contact Us. To view times when the Center is open for brief drop-in consultations, please see our Calendar.


  • Consultations for research and pedagogy 
  • Demonstrations 
  • Research sprints
  • Metadata consultations
  • Scholarly communication and professionalization 


  • To collaborate, consult, and partner with scholars in the digital humanities
  • To provide tools and resources for projects in the digital humanities
  • To provide a nexus for intellectual exchange among scholars in diverse disciplines working in the digital humanities 
  • To foster explorations of the implications of digital humanities praxis for humanistic inquiry, research, teaching, and learning
  • To expand the possibilities for inquiry in the digital humanities, with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity   

The establishment of the Stony Brook University Libraries Center for Digital Humanities was funded in part by a gift from the Gladys Brooks Foundation.

CDH News

  • The value of DH - I owe my interest and experience in the Digital Humanities to a professor who took me under her wing during my undergraduate studies.  By my sophomore year, I knew I wanted to attend graduate school, yet I did not have
  • An Introduction to Data Visualization in DH - In the opening lines of the English Studies special issue on data visualization in the humanities, Stony Brook’s own Elyse Graham defines this area of study as “a body of methods for exploring and explicating quantitative datasets,” adding that these methods have “grown in importance in the humanities with the rise of the digital age and, with it, the age of ‘big data’”.
  • Graduate Interns Join the Center for Digital Humanities - This spring, the Center for Digital Humanities will host two graduate student interns. They will work with the University Libraries’ Digital Humanities Working Group, providing expertise, instruction, and consultations within the CDH. Jon Heggestad is a fourth-year PhD candidate in
  • Center for Digital Humanities Opens at SBU Libraries - At a November 7th ribbon cutting event, Stony Brook University Libraries officially opened its Center for Digital Humanities as a space for research, teaching, and learning in all disciplines related to the practice of the digital humanities. The ribbon cutting event
  • “The Great Lolcat Massacre,” by Dr. Elyse Graham - Dr. Elyse Graham (Department of English) shared her research on trolling behavior on the early internet, with an emphasis on the development of the phenomenon in a context of community boundary maintenance, misogyny, and the accessibility of the early internet. 

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