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Cathy Davidson
Position: Distinguished Professor; Director, The Futures Initiative; Co-Founder, Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-7247
Room Number: 3314
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. SUNY at Binghamton
Research Interests: History of technology, history of the book in the U.S., digital media and learning, digital humanities, critical university studies, the role of technology in culture, cognition, and learning, industrial and postindustrial society, American cultural and literary studies.
Specialization: Digital Humanities, Textual, and Media Scholarship|Early American Literature|Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist/Queer Theory|Postcolonial, Transnational, and Global Literature and Theory|Twenty-first-Century and Contemporary Literature
Selected Publications
  • “Learning to Make Better Lives: How We Can Change Higher Education for the World We Live in Now.” New York: Basic Books, forthcoming.
  • Now You See It:  How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn.  New York:  Viking Press, 2011.   Paperback re-issue (with a new subtitle): Now You See It:  How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century (Viking Penguin, 2012).
  • The Future of Thinking:  Learning Institutions in a Digital Age, with David Theo Goldberg. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010.
  • Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America.  Expanded Edition.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.  
  • Closing:  The Life and Death of an American Factory. With photographs by Bill Bamberger. New York:  W. W. Norton, 1998; paperback, 1999.