Cathy Davidson

Cathy N. Davidson is the Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke. She served as Duke’s first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and helped to create numerous programs, including the Program in Information Science + Information Studies, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies. She is a cofounder of the global learning network HASTAC, which administers the annual $2 million HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions, and she was recently appointed by President Obama to the National Council on the Humanities. Her more than twenty books include Thirty-Six Views of Mt FujiRevolution and the Word, and The Future of Thinking (with HASTAC co-founder David Theo Goldberg). Her latest book, Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century (Viking, 2011) was named a “top 10 science book” of the year by Publisher’s Weekly and has been the occasion for over sixty-five invited lectures and book events in the U.S. and internationally, including in Canada, Australia, the UK, Hong Kong, and Thailand. A frequent speaker and consultant on institutional change at universities, corporations, and non-profits around the world, she writes for Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, Times Higher Ed, and many other publications in the U.S. and abroad. In July 2012 she was named the first educator on the six-person Board of Directors of the Mozilla Foundation.