Stewart Varner is the Managing Director of the Price Lab. In 2003, while a student at Emory’s Institute for the Liberal Arts, he started working as a graduate student assistant on the Emory Women Writers Resource Project. Though it wasn’t called this at the time, this was Stewart’s introduction to the Digital Humanities. After earning his Ph.D. in American Studies and a Masters of Library and Information Science, he began work as the Digital Scholarship Coordinator at Emory’s Woodruff Library. He managed the Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC) until early 2014 when he accepted the position of Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Stewart arrived at Penn in September 2016 and can often be found riding his bike around West Philadelphia.
Stewart is passionate about helping humanities scholars take advantage of digital tools and techniques but also about empowering them to be critical users and consumers of technology. He is also excited about the potential of digital tools to make humanities scholarship more dynamic and accessible for people outside academia. If you have an idea for a project or just want to talk about digital humanities and what's going on in the Price Lab, do not hesitate to get in touch with Stewart. You can contact Stewart via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @stewartvarner.