Throughout her career, Cathy N. Davidson has pioneered dozens of educational innovations–for how we teach, how we run and organize learning institutions, and how we publish, collaborate, and do research together.

She came to the Graduate Center CUNY in 2014 as Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Futures Initiative, “advancing equity and innovation in higher education.” Previously, she served as the first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University and is the cofounder and director of the world’s first and oldest academic social network, the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC.org).

CUNY Humanities Alliance

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The CUNY Humanities Alliance, with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is dedicated to training Ph.D. students in the most successful methods for teaching humanities courses in some of the country’s… Read more »

Mapping the Futures of Higher Education

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Conceived and taught by Futures Initiative Director Cathy N. Davidson and Graduate Center President Emeritus William P. Kelly, Mapping the Futures of Higher Education was a radically interdisciplinary graduate class that used innovative… Read more »

First educator on Board of Mozilla

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Cathy Davidson joined the Mozilla Foundation Board of Directors in July 2012. She had previously organized and hosted the “Storming the Academy” with her students at the 2010 Mozilla Festival, collaborated on the… Read more »

First Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies

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In 1998, President Nannerl Keohane and Provost John Strobehn appointed Cathy Davidson as the first full-time Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University (and the first in the nation).  The mission, defined… Read more »

iPod Experiment

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In 2003, there was not a single known educational use for the iPod. Apple approached Duke University about giving laptops or multimedia suites to students as part of an Apple Digital Campus initiative…. Read more »

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