The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL; and the University of Victoria Libraries ( are proud to welcome Dr. Amanda Madden (George Mason University) as Honorary Resident Wikipedian for 2023–24.

Dr. Amanda Madden is an Assistant Professor of History and Director of Geospatial History at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM). Her current area of research focus is the social history of violence in early modern Italy which includes her current book project, Civil Blood: Vendetta Violence, the Civic Elites, and State-Formation in Early Modern Italy (forthcoming, Cornell University Press) and the collaborative spatial history project, Mapping Violence in Early Modern Italy, 1450-1750. Her next book project is a spatial history of gender and crime in early modern Italy examining iterative changes in crime and policing, space, and gender; changes which reconfigured the early modern state. Madden is a former Marion L Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in digital pedagogy at Georgia Institute of Technology, Research Scientist for the Center for 21st Century Universities, and lecturer for the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. She received her PhD from Emory University in 2011 and her MA in Medieval Studies from The Medieval Institute at Western University in 2005.

The ETCL and UVic Libraries are pleased to host Amanda Madden as the 2023-24 Honorary Resident Wikipedian, a role that was previously held by Dr. Christian Vandendorpe from 2014–16, Dr. Constance Crompton from 2017-19, Dr. Erin Glass from 2019–20, Silvia Gutiérrez de la Torre from 2020-21, and Nastasia Herold from 2021-22. This initiative is co-sponsored by the ETCL, UVic Libraries, the Implementing New Knowledge Environments Partnership (INKE;, and the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences ( Please direct any inquiries to the ETCL via Alyssa Arbuckle and to the UVic Libraries via Matt Hucalak.

Dr. Madden will present an online talk entitled “Can a University Education Be Open Source? Wikiversity, Open Educational Resources, and the Future of the University” on November 9th 2023. See for details. Dr. Madden will also provide an institute lecture at the 2024 Digital Humanities Summer Institute.