Quinn Dombrowski

Academic Technology Specialist for DLCL

Quinn Dombrowski

Academic Technology Specialist for DLCL, in CIDR

Quinn Dombrowski

Academic Technology Specialist for DLCL

Academic Technology Specialist for DLCL, in CIDR


  • MLIS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MA, Slavic Linguistics, University of Chicago
  • BA, Slavic Linguistics, University of Chicago

Professional activities 

Co-chair of ECAR/CNI working group on digital humanities, 2016-2017

Executive council member, Association for Computers and the Humanities, 2015-2018

IT Services Library Liaison, 2011-2012

IT Services Humanities Divisional Liaison, 2010-2012

Selected publications 

"Building Capacity for Digital Humanities: A Framework for Institutional Planning". A Joint ECAR/CNI Working Group Publication (served as co-chair of working group).

Drupal for Humanists published by Texas A&M Press, 2016.

Chapter "Drupal and other content management systems" in Doing Digital Humanities, Routledge, 2016.

"Digital Humanities Development without Developers: Bulgarian Dialectology as Living Tradition", with Ronelle Alexander. Proceedings of DH-CASE II (DocEng workshop). doi: 10.1145/2657480.2657481.

"What Ever Happened to Project Bamboo?" 2014. LLC 29 (3): 326-339.

Dombrowski, Andrew, and Quinn Dombrowski. "A formal approach to XML semantics: implications for archive standards." Presented at International Symposium on XML for the Long Haul: Issues in the Long-term Preservation of XML, Montréal, Canada, August 2, 2010. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on XML for the Long Haul: Issues in the Long-term Preservation of XML. Balisage Series on Markup Technologies, vol. 6 (2010). doi:10.4242/BalisageVol6.Dombrowski01.

Crescat Graffiti, Vita Excolatur: Confessions of the University of Chicago, 2009. (ISBN 978-0-557-17205-4)

More about me 

Quinn Dombrowski supports digitally-facilitated research in the DLCL and CIDR as the Academic Technology Specialist. 
She has been involved with digital humanities since 2004, working on a variety of projects including a medieval Russian database, a digital research environment for Bulgarian linguistics and folklore, a Drupal-based platform for developing digital catalogues raisonnés for art historians, and the financial papers of George Washington. 
From 2008-2012, Quinn was on the program staff of the Mellon-funded digital humanities cyberinfrastructure initiative Project Bamboo. Her article “What Ever Happened to Project Bamboo?” reflects on the rise and fall of that effort.
Quinn was a co-founder of DHCommons, a directory of digital humanities projects with an overlay journal, and was the director of the DiRT (Digital Research Tools) directory from 2010 until 2017. She has served on the executive board of the Association for Computers and the Humanities from 2014-2018.
She is a co-editor of the Coding for Humanists series of practical, hands-on guides to digital humanities tools and technologies, and was the author of the inaugural volume, Drupal for Humanists. Her other book, Crescat Graffiti, Vita Excolatur, documents graffiti in the University of Chicago’s Regenstein library.
Quinn previously spent a decade working in central IT organizations at the University of Chicago and UC Berkeley, in various roles ranging from managing a scholarly communications group, coordinating digital humanities consulting, and supporting a high-performance computing cluster.
Quinn’s interests include the old Novgorod birchbark letters, digital humanities infrastructure, and failure. She helps wrangle the Stanford Digital Humanities website, and occasionally tweets at @quinnanya.