Victoria Szabo

Associate Research Professor, Visual and Media Studies & Program Director, Information Science + Information Studies
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Victoria Szabo is Associate Research Professor of Visual and Media Studies in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. She is also the Program Director for Information Science + Information Studies,  the Director of Graduate Studies for the PhD in Computational Media, Arts & Cultures, and the Director of the Duke Digital Humanities Initiative at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute and Co-Director of the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge. She is also co-lead of the Bass Connections Information, Society & Culture theme. She is former co-Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute’s GreaterThanGames Lab. Her interests are in in digital media and cultures, in theory and in practice. Her current projects focus on spatial and augmented reality technologies such as interactive maps, virtual worlds, games, and hybrid reality systems, and how they can be applied to humanities teaching and research. She is also interested in the digital remediation of historic archives and exhibitions, and is a member of the Visualizing Venice consortium, as well as a partner on the NC Jukebox and Digital Durham projects. She co-creates media art projects with Psychasthenia Studio and also leads the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester and worked as a professional academic technology developer at Stanford before coming to Duke in 2006.


Digital Cities

Digital Cities: Representing the Past and Inventing the Future

Historical and Cultural Visualization Proseminar 1


Augmenting Urban Experiences

Building Duke

Digital Durham

Duke/Durham Ghosts


Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany Collaboration

Visualizing Venice

Publications & Presentations


Bruzelius, Caroline, Mark J.V. Olson, Donatella Calabi, Andrea Giordano, Victoria E. Szabo. “Visualizing Venice.” Florentia Illustrata. Digital Mapping and Techniques of Visualizing the Pre-modern Italian City. Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut. Florence, Italy. June 17, 2013.

Bruzelius, Caroline and Victoria E. Szabo. “The Lives of Places and Cities: New models of representation and their conceptual implications for the past and present.” Seminario Internazionale: Promosso dagli insegnamenti: Storia dell’architettura e Disegno edile. Università degli Studi di Padova. Padua, Italy. June 9, 11, and 16, 2014.

Lanzoni, Kristin, Olson, Mark J.V., and Szabo, Victoria E. “Wired! and Visualizing Venice: Scaling up Digital Art History.” Artl@s Bulletin. Forthcoming 2015.

Szabo, Victoria E., “Transforming Art History Research with Database Analytics: Visualizing Art Markets.” Art Documentation 31: 2 (2012): 158-175.

Szabo, Victoria, “Knowledge in 3D: How 3D data visualization is reshaping our world.” Parameters. July 11, 2018.


Jacobs, Hannah L., and Victoria Szabo. “Digital Archiving & Storytelling in the Classroom with Omeka & CurateScape.Digital Humanities 2016. Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. July 12, 2016.

Lanzoni, Kristin Huffman and Victoria Szabo. Temple University Libraries Symposium on Digital Cultures. Philadelphia, PA. October 21, 2014.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Visual Studies and Digital Humanities”, Invited Speaker, 20th Anniversary of Visual and Cultural Studies Series. University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, March 30, 2010 – April 1, 2010.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Building the Digital City: New Media Theory Meets Digital Humanities Practice.” HASTAC 2013 Conference. Toronto, Ontario. April 27, 2013.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Visualizing the Past: Database-Driven Exploration in Hybrid Reality Systems.” Digital Humanities Symposium – Florentia Illustrata. Center for Disciplinary Innovation, University of Chicago, Chicago IL. January 13-14, 2014.

Szabo, Victoria E. “On Site and On Location: Digital Heritage and the 21st Century Museum.” Centre de Recerca i Debat. Museo D’Historia de Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain. June 26, 2014.

Szabo, Victoria E. “Augmented Humanities Practice: The Fluid Site of Annotation.” Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA). Dallas, TX. October 11, 2014.

News & Events

Digital Heritage International Congress 2013

Visualizing Venice: The City and the Lagoon

Visualizing Venice: The Ghetto of Venice

Visualizing Venice: The Waters of Venice

Visualizing Venice Wired! Workshop