Zoe LeBlanc

Assistant Professor

PhD, History, Vanderbilt University

Room 5141, 614 E. Daniel St.


Research focus

Digital humanities and digital history; cultural heritage and digital libraries; histories of information and data; anti-colonial and postcolonial histories; and cultural analytics and computational social science.


Zoe LeBlanc joined the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois as an assistant professor in August 2021. Before coming to Illinois, she served as a postdoctoral associate and Weld Fellow at the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University. LeBlanc previously worked as a digital humanities developer at the Scholars' Lab at the University of Virginia (UVA), where she was responsible for building web applications for mapping and data visualization in the humanities. At UVA and Princeton, she has taught a wide range of topics, including the history of digital humanities and foundations of humanities data analysis. LeBlanc currently serves on the editorial board of the Programming Historian and the executive committee of the Association for Computers and the Humanities.

Office hours

By appointment, please contact professor

Publications & Papers

With John R. Ladd, Network Navigator 2.0 https://network-navigator.library.cmu.edu/

"Workshopping the Workshop: Moving Your Sessions Beyond Buttonology" with Brandon Walsh, Digital Library Federation Teaching Cookbook, September 2019

Bridging the Two DHs: Digital History and Diplomatic History—Reflections from SHAFR 2016” SHAFR Passport, Spring 2017

With Celeste Sharpe and Jeri Wieringa "From Precedents to Collective Action Realities and Recommendations for Digital Dissertations in History" Debates in The Digital Humanities 2021 (forthcoming)

With Rebecca Koeser and Kevin McElwee "Speculative Reading and Unknown Borrowers at Shakespeare and Company” Journal of Cultural Analytics (forthcoming)

"Cairo at the Crossroads of Afro-Asia: The Magazines and Meanings of Anti-Colonialism in Revolutionary Egypt" Itinerario: Journal of Imperial and Global Interactions (forthcoming)


Panelist and co-organized roundtable “User-Friendly: The Future of DH Tools” The Association for Computers and the Humanities, Online Due to COVID-19 (July 2021)

"The Rise and Fall of Cairo's Information Machine: Postcolonial Legitimacy, Anti-colonial Aspirations, and International Information Politics in the 1960s and 70s" co-organized panel “Liberty or Liberation? -- The Politics of Information Sovereignty in the Long Arc of Decolonization, 1950-1990" Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Conference, Online Due to COVID-19 (June 2021)

"Postmortems or Possibilities: The Future(s) of Computational Research in Digital History" American Historical Association, Online Due to COVID-19 (Feb. 2021)

"Digital Humanities & Humanities Data Science" with Meredith Martin, Women in Data Science New Jersey (March 2021)