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Johanna Drucker

Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, aesthetics, and digital humanities. Her scholarly reputation was established with The Century of Artists’ Books (1995), The Alphabetic Labyrinth (1995), and The Visible Word (1994). Her creative work was the subject of a retrospective, Druckworks: 40 Years of Books and Projects, initiated by Columbia College in Chicago in 2012.  Recent work includes Diagrammatic Writing (2014), Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production (2014), The General Theory of Social Relativity (2018), and Downdrift: An Eco-fiction (2018). In 2019 she was in residence as the inaugural Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Beinecke Library, Yale University, and has also been the recipient of Mellon, Fulbright, and Getty Fellowships. Recent publications include: Visualizing Interpretation (2020), Iliazd: Metabiography of a Modernist (2021), and The Digital Humanities Coursebook (2021). Her work has been translated into Korean, Italian, Catalan, Chinese, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Danish and Portuguese. She was the recipient of the AIGA’s 2021 Steven Heller Award for Cultural Criticism.