Matthew Evan Davis is currently an instructor at Blinn College. Prior to this, he served as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Lewis and Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship at McMaster University, a Lindsey Young Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Tennessee’s Marco Institute, and as the Council for Library and Information Resources/Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Medieval Studies at North Carolina State University. While at North Carolina State he worked as part of the team on two similar projects — the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive and the Siege of Jerusalem Electronic Archive, as well the Manuscript DNA project and the Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance, an aggregator and discussion space for digital scholarly and cultural heritage work regarding the Middle Ages.

Davis works on the staging practices of medieval drama, cultural transmission through translation and reception, the history of the book, and material and digital curation as a means of preserving both the material object and the connections between the object, the content contained by that object, and its cultural milieu. His current digital project is the Minor Works of John Lydgate virtual archive, which is attempting to make the manuscripts and other media containing the works of Lydgate that exist in less than twenty witnesses more accessible to scholars of the poet, students who may have only read them in print editions, and individuals interested in manuscripts as artifacts in their own right. It also serves to bridge a gap between the digital world, where anything that cannot be concretely categorized is often left by the wayside, and the physical object with its own rich set of significations.

His CV may be seen both on this site and here, and he may be contacted via email at matthew@matthewedavis.net


Texas A&M University
Ph.D. in English, 2013
With certificate in Digital Humanities
Dissertation: “The Apostelesse’s Social Network: The Meaning of Mary Magdalene in Fifteenth-Century East Anglia”
Directors: Nancy Bradley Warren and Britt Mize

California State University, Long Beach
M.A. in English, 2008

University of California, Irvine
B.A. in Humanities, 2005
Concentration: Medieval Studies

Other Publications

Refereed Publications

  • “BigDIVA and Networked Browsing: A Case for Generous Interfacing and Joyous Searching.” Joel Schneier, Timothy Stinson, & Matthew Davis. Forthcoming from Digital Humanities Quarterly.

  • “Making More: the Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance as a Platform for Collaborative Work with Medieval Manuscripts Online.” Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture. 4:3 (Spring 2014): 112-116.

  • “Where Does the Catalog Go? Surveys of Old Printed Books, What We Can Learn from Them, and Why they Matter.” The Guild of Book Workers Journal 43 (2009): 64-72.

Under Contract

  • Meeting the Medieval in a Digital World (ISBN 9781641891929), ed. Matthew Evan Davis, Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel, and Ece Turnator (Medieval Institute Publications/Arc Humanities Press). Forthcoming Fall 2018. Volume regarding the use of digital tools by, and conversations about digital tools and projects between, medievalists across disciplines. Includes authored chapter, “Content is not Context: Radical Transparency and the Acknowledgement of Informational Palimpsests in Online Display.”

  • Volume in the New Technologies and Medieval and Rennaisance Studies series (ITER and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Rennaisance Studies). Invited editor with Colin Wheeler.


  • Ed., intro., and annot., The Digby Killing of the Children, for inclusion in The Broadview Anthology of Medieval Drama, ed. Christina M. Fitzgerald and John T. Sebastian (Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, orig. pub. 2013).


  • Review of the TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service (TAPAS). Forthcoming in SHARP News.

  • Review of Helen Chadwick: Constructing Identities Between Art and Architecture. Forthcoming in SHARP News.

  • Review of English Bookbinding Styles: 1450-1800. The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 110:2 (June 2016).

  • Review of The Manuscript Collation Project. SHARP News 24:2 (2015).

  • Review of the Electronic Linguistic Atlas of Late Medieval English. Digital Philology 4:1 (Spring 2015).

  • Review of Debates in the Digital Humanities. Information & Culture: A Journal of History 43:1 (2013).

Works in Progress

  • “Public Stone and Private Parchment: the Witnesses of Lydgate’s Testament and ‘Quis Dabit Meo Capiti Fontem Lacrimarum’ in Context.” Article length work.

  • Networks of Faith and Obligation. Database reflecting the relationships between people, objects, and texts as recorded in East Anglian wills and inventories. 2017-

  • Medieval Drama: Contexts (Staging) . Authored section for the collaboratively – written Medieval Drama section of the Folger Institute’s Folgerpedia project. 2017

  • “Reflections of the Apostelesse: Mary Magdalene and Conceptual Scripture in Medieval England.” Book-length monograph.

  • Minor Works of John Lydgate: A Virtual Archive. http://www.minorworksoflydgate.net. Online archive of transcribed witnesses. 2015-

Non-Refereed Publications

Blog Posts


    Sole Author/Developer


    • A Peer-Reviewed Interdisciplinary Collection of Objects for Teaching (APRICOT). Platform for the collection, modification, and dissemination of teaching materials that includes tracking and “impact” features. Technical Architect, 2013-

    • The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive. Online archive of transcribed witnesses. Technical Editor, 2013-2015 (http://piers.iath.virginia.edu)

    • The Siege of Jerusalem Electronic Archive. Online archive of transcribed witnesses. Technical Editor, 2013-2015 (http://www.siegeofjerusalem.org)

    • The Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance. Aggregator of medievally-focused digital projects that includes search and exhibit building functionalities. Technical Advisor and Metadata Consultant, 2013-2015 (http://www.mesa-medieval.org)

    • The Manuscript DNA Project. Methods for non-invasively sampling and analyzing the DNA from medieval manuscripts on parchment. Technical Advisor, 2013-2015

    • Hunt Library poetryBot. Automated poetry construction based on a grammatical database, with web and ebook output functions, Developer, 2014

    • Proof of concept for large-scale faceted search visualization, Advanced Research Consortium. Developer, 2013. Eventually developed into BigDIVA (http://www.bigdiva.org) by the Advanced Research Consortium.


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