Jacqueline Wernimont, Ph.D.
Distinguished Chair of Digital Humanities and Social Engagement
Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
I am an anti-racist, feminist scholar working toward greater justice in digital cultures and a network weaver across humanities, arts, and sciences.
As a digital media scholar who specializes in mathematic and computational media and their histories, I pursue synthetic, collaborative scholarship that bridges humanistic inquiry and the sciences. This work includes co-Directing the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaborative and serving as the inaugural chair of Dartmouth’s Digital Humanities and Social Engagement Cluster.
My efforts to understand computing cultures and advance more just approaches extends beyond the writing of traditional academic books into public, engaged scholarship. This has included writing for popular outlets, multimedia installations, and leading projects on privacy, intersectional approaches to technology and data, and creative communication of computing infrastructures.
My first book, Numbered Lives: Life and Death in Quantum Media came out with MIT Press in 2019. Using a two-part structure to historicize the counting of life and death in Britain and the United States, Numbered Lives is a much-needed history of the role of colonial, corporate, and religious thinking in our modern quantified lives. Two major media, pedometers and mortality tables, are featured in this wide-ranging trans-Atlantic media history. I am also the co-editor of the recent Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities (with Elizabeth Losh). Part of the Debates in Digital Humanities series, Bodies of Information assembles a varied group of leading voices, showcasing feminist contributions to topics including ubiquitous computing, game studies, new materialisms, and cultural phenomena like hashtag activism, hacktivism, and campaigns against online misogyny.
You can contact me at Jacqueline.D.Wernimont(at)Dartmouth(dot)edu | @profwernimont