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Willard McCarty is Professor of Humanities Computing, King’s College London, and Professor in the Digital Humanities Research Group, University of Western Sydney. He is Editor of the journal, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (2008-) and founding Editor of the online seminar Humanist (1987-). He is recipient of the Canadian Award for Outstanding Achievement, Computing in the Arts and Humanities (2005), the Richard W. Lyman Award, Rockefeller Foundation (2006) and the Roberto Busa Award, Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (2013). He is editor of Text and Genre in Reconstruction (2010) and author of the first comprehensive theoretical treatment of his field, Humanities Computing (2005), forthcoming in a paper back edition with a new Preface (July 2014).

Research interests & PhD supervision

  • Digital humanities, specifically its day-to-day interrelations with the disciplines of the humanities and interpretative social sciences and its long-term intellectual borrowings from all older disciplines
  • Interdisciplinary research in practice
  • History and philosophy of the sciences

The subject of my research is the digital humanities, hence Humanities Computing (2005). More recently I have been working on the historiography of computing and the history of literary computing from 1949 to 1991 (when the Web was released to the public), with long looks both before and after.

Willard welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of his research interests. For more details, please see his full  research profile.


Currently I teach a PhD-level course in interdisciplinary research, Exploring Disciplines, for the King’s Graduate School. I am also Admissions Tutor for the PhD in Digital Humanities, both for DDH and on behalf of participating departments and programmes in the School of Arts and Humanities.