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Daniel Powell is a Marie Skłowdowska-Curie Fellow in the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training  (DiXiT) Network, an Action funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). He is based in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London and affiliated with the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab and Department of English at the University of Victoria, with research interests in the digital humanities, social knowledge creation, scholarly communications, media archaeology, graduate education in the humanities, cyberinfrastructure, and early modern culture. His work has appeared in Digital Studies / Le champ numériqueRenaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et ReformeScholarly and Research Communication, and Religion and Literature, as well as in volumes published by the Modern Language Association, NeDiMAH, and the International Journal of Learning and Media.

He has led or contributed significantly to a number of digital humanities projects such as the Renaissance Knowledge Network (ReKN), an integrated research, analysis, and production environment modelled after the successful Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth Century Electronic Scholarship (NINES) project; A Social Edition of the Devonshire MS (BL Add. 17,492),  a prototypical social scholarly edition; and The Map of Early Modern London, a GIS project that brings together maps, early modern nonfiction, fiction, drama, and scholarly encyclopaedia articles to create a digital atlas of early modern London for scholarly, pedagogical, and publication purposes.

Powell’s editorial activities align with his research interests: from 2012 – 2015 he served as Assistant Editor for Digital Publication on Early Theatre: A Journal Associated with The Records of Early English Drama, overseeing the transference of the journal from a for-profit management and publication framework to the widely used Open Journals System. Since 2015, he has served as Editor for Digital Initiatives at postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, a cross-disciplinary, peer-reviewed, and highly innovative publication. With Melissa Dalgleish, he edits Graduate Training in the 21st Century, a publication within the agenda-setting #Alt-Academy; published on MediaCommons, this publication seeks to grapple with the realities of graduate training in a 21st century humanities. Before beginning graduate study, he worked at the The History Press, a local and regional history publisher, where he piloted new series of content, acquired new titles for publication, and worked in the production department.

His teaching seeks to bridge practical, hands on awareness of technologies, platforms, and how to ‘get things done’ with deep awareness and appreciation of sociologies of power/knowledge and historical contexts. He has taught courses on professionalisation at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, served as a module instructor for survey-oriented digital humanities courses, and led practice-oriented workshops on text encoding, digital publication, and content management systems for the humanities.

Powell is a member of the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Information Technology, serves as a member of the Steering Committee for both the Advanced Research Consortium and the Renaissance Knowledge Network, and is an advisor to the National Endowment for the Humanities funded project A Digital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama.

He completed his PhD at the University of Victoria in early 2016, having earned an MA with a Concentration in Medieval and Early Modern Studies from Victoria in 2010. As an undergraduate, he attended the historic College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, graduating with an Artium Baccalaureatus magna cum laude in cursu honorum in English in 2007.

For examples of writing and research, see his portfolio. For a full record of activity, see his vitae.