Quinn Dombrowski

Academic Technology Specialist for DLCL

Academic Technology Specialist for DLCL, in CIDR


  • MLIS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MA, Slavic Linguistics, University of Chicago
  • BA, Slavic Linguistics, University of Chicago

Professional activities 

Co-chair of ECAR/CNI working group on digital humanities, 2016-2017

Executive council member, Association for Computers and the Humanities, 2015-2018

IT Services Library Liaison, 2011-2012

IT Services Humanities Divisional Liaison, 2010-2012

Selected publications 

"Building Capacity for Digital Humanities: A Framework for Institutional Planning". A Joint ECAR/CNI Working Group Publication (served as co-chair of working group).

Drupal for Humanists published by Texas A&M Press, 2016.

Chapter "Drupal and other content management systems" in Doing Digital Humanities, Routledge, 2016.

"Digital Humanities Development without Developers: Bulgarian Dialectology as Living Tradition", with Ronelle Alexander. Proceedings of DH-CASE II (DocEng workshop). doi: 10.1145/2657480.2657481.

"What Ever Happened to Project Bamboo?" 2014. LLC 29 (3): 326-339.

Dombrowski, Andrew, and Quinn Dombrowski. "A formal approach to XML semantics: implications for archive standards." Presented at International Symposium on XML for the Long Haul: Issues in the Long-term Preservation of XML, Montréal, Canada, August 2, 2010. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on XML for the Long Haul: Issues in the Long-term Preservation of XML. Balisage Series on Markup Technologies, vol. 6 (2010). doi:10.4242/BalisageVol6.Dombrowski01.

Crescat Graffiti, Vita Excolatur: Confessions of the University of Chicago, 2009. (ISBN 978-0-557-17205-4)

More about me 

Quinn Dombrowski is the Academic Technology Specialist in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and in the Library, at Stanford University. Prior to coming to Stanford in 2018, Quinn's many DH adventures included supporting the high-performance computing cluster at UC Berkeley, running the DiRT tool directory with support from the Mellon Foundation, writing books on Drupal for Humanists and University of Chicago library graffiti, and working on the program staff of Project Bamboo, a failed digital humanities cyberinfrastructure initiative.

Quinn has a BA/MA in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Chicago, and an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since coming to Stanford, Quinn has supported numerous non-English DH projects, taught courses on non-English DH, started a Textile Makerspace, developed a tabletop roleplaying game to teach DH project management, explored trends in multilingual Harry Potter fanfic, and started the Data-Sitters Club, a feminist DH pedagogy and research group focused on Ann M. Martin's 90's girls series "The Baby-Sitters Club". Quinn is currently co-VP of the Association for Computers and the Humanities along with Roopika Risam, and advocates for better support for DH in languages other than English.