Victoria Szabo

Victoria Szabo

Associate Research Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies

External Address: 
114 S Buchanan Blvd Bay 10, Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90766, Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 668-1932


My primary research interest is in digital media authorship and its potential to transform scholarly research and its expression, especially in the humanities through digital humanities, digital art history, digital history etc. Most recently I have been focusing on how spatial media forms - maps, virtual worlds, games, and data viz - might converge in diverse, multimodal, immersive, shared hypermedia places and spaces. Some "test cases" include: visualizing the Great Exhibition of 1851, mapping the contemporary Muhuru Bay community in Kenya, exploring the development of cholera in Haiti, and modeling Duke and Durham, past and present. Most recently I have worked on Venice, Italy, with special attention to architecture and cultural transformation, and on augmented reality systems development. I also work on collaborative video game based art installations with the Psychasthenia Studio, and on curatorial projects with ACM SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.)

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Rochester 2000

  • M.A., University of Rochester 1996

  • M.A., Indiana University at Bloomington 1992

  • B.A., Williams College 1990

Selected Grants

Virtual and Augmented Reality for Digital Humanities Institute (VARDHI) awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2019

Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D and (Geo)Spatial Networks awarded by J. Paul Getty Trust (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2019

Szabo, V. "Introduction." August 2015. 328-329. Full Text

Szabo, V. "Introduction." July 31, 2015. 328-329.

Szabo, VE, Senior, T, and Wiencek, F. "Digital Cities: A Collaborative Engagement with Urban Heritage." Proceedings of the 2013 International Digital Heritage Congress. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., November 2013. 349-352.

Szabo, V. "Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History." AMERICAN LITERATURE 87.2 (June 2015): 418-420.

Lanzoni, K, Olson, M, and Szabo, V. "Wired! and Visualizing Venice: Scaling up Digital Art History." Artl@s Bulletin 4.1 (2015): 20-39.

Timothy, J, Wiencek, F, and Szabo, V. "Digital Cities: A collaborative engagement with urban heritage." Proceedings of the DigitalHeritage 2013 - Federating the 19th Int'l VSMM, 10th Eurographics GCH, and 2nd UNESCO Memory of the World Conferences, Plus Special Sessions fromCAA, Arqueologica 2.0 et al. 2 (December 1, 2013): 349-352. Full Text

Szabo, V. "Introduction." Leonardo 46.4 (August 1, 2013): 389-. Full Text

Szabo, V. "XYZN: Scale Introduction." LEONARDO 46.4 (August 2013): 389-389. Full Text

Szabo, VE. "XYZN: Scale." Leonardo 46 (2013): 386-417. (Journal issue)

Szabo, VE. "Transforming Art History Research with Database Analytics: Visualizing Art Markets." Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America 31.2 (October 2012): 158-175. (Academic Article)

Jenson, D, Szabo, V, and Team, TDFHIHHLSR. "Cholera IN Haiti." Ed. CFD Control and Prevention. Emerging Infectious Diseases 17 (November 2011). (Academic Article)


Szabo, V, Jenson, D, Cloninger, E, Corbett, P, Hoyle, M, Ivker, J, Jernigan, E, Mitril, S, Neville, A, Patel, D, Duke University Haiti Laboratory, and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, . "19th-Century Caribbean Cholera Timemap." (2011).

Szabo, VE, and Rudinsky, J. "Psychasthenia 2." (February 2012).

Szabo, VE. "Assistant Editor, Special Issue." Leonardo 44 (August 2011).

Szabo, VE. "Augmented SIGGRAPH/Vancouver." (August 2011).

Rudinsky, J, Szabo, V, Copolsky, J, and Mark Robinson, EK. "Psychasthenia." (February 2010).

Szabo, VE, Szabo, VE, Broverman, S, student, N, and collaborators, C. "Multimedia Mapping: Muhuru Bay." (2010).

Szabo, VE, Szabo, VE, Lerner, Z, Tobin, M, Poplawski, E, and Michal Koszycki, LK. "Virtual Duke Tour." (2010).

Dobin, H, and al, E. "Technology Fluency and its Place in Liberal Education." Teagle Foundation White Paper (2007).