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Professor of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies, Professor of History, Director of Public Humanities

At Northeastern since 2020

Dr. Angel David Nieves is Professor of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies, Professor of History, Adjunct Professor of English, and Director of the Public Humanities Program at Northeastern University. Dr. Nieves earned his Ph.D. in the History of Architecture and Urban Development and Africana Studies from Cornell University. Prior to joining Northeastern, he was a Professor of History & Digital Humanities in the College of Arts and Letters (CAL) at San Diego State University. He is the author and co-editor of two historical monographs, including An Architecture of Education: African American Women Design the New South (University of Rochester Press, 2018) and ‘We Shall Independent Be:’ African American Place Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the U.S. (with Dr. Leslie Alexander, University of Colorado Press, 2008). Dr. Nieves’s scholarship focuses on the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and technology in the U.S. and South Africa, and is in the vanguard of digital history publications and experimental online publishing platforms. Among these are “Soweto’76 3D” (2004-2008), comprising a digital archive and virtual reality research into politically fraught historic sites such as the Winnie and Nelson Mandela House in Soweto, Johannesburg. Nieves has received support for his work from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) and Yale University, and while Co-Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative (2009-2017) at Hamilton College he helped raise over $2.7 million dollars (with Co-Director Janet Simons) in research support for interdisciplinary digital scholarship. Dr. Nieves’s work has been featured on and in Newsweek International, and his most recent digital research and scholarship may be found at

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  • 2021, Anne McGrail, Angel David Nieves, Siobhan Senier (editors), People, Practice, Power: Institutions and Infrastructures at the Interstices, Debates in the Digital Humanities Series, University of Minnesota Press – in press (expected Spring). <>
  • 2020, Amanda Licastro, Angel David Nieves, and Victoria Sbazo, “Introduction: The Potential of Extended Reality: Teaching and Learning in Virtual Spaces,” The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy 17 (May).
  • 2020, Angel David Nieves, “Review: Immersive Scholar,” Reviews in DH 1, no. 3 (March).
  • 2020, Janet Thomas Simons and Angel David Nieves, “Chapter 20: #DHSIYEARMODELS: Model for DH at liberal arts colleges and four-year institutions,” in Doing More Digital Humanities: Open Approaches to Creation, Growth, and Development, eds. Constance Crompton, Richard J. Lane, and Ray Siemens (New York: Routledge; ISBN: 978-0367192709), pgs. 301-320.
  • 2019, Angel David Nieves, “Planning for Apartheid and Preserving the Garden City Townships of Johannesburg, South Africa,” Iconic Planned Communities and the Challenge of Change, eds. Mary Corbin Sies, Isabelle Gournay, & Robert Freestone (Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Press: ISBN: 978-0812251142), pgs. 277-296.
  • 2018, Angel David Nieves, An Architecture of Education: African American Women Design the New South, Gender and Race in American History Series, University of Rochester Press (Hardback ISBN: 978-1-58046-909-8), 193 pgs.
  • 2018, Angel David Nieves, “DH as ‘Disruptive Innovation’ for Restorative Social Justice: Virtual Heritage and 3D Reconstructions of South Africa’s Township Histories,” in Disrupting Digital Humanities, eds. Dorothy Kim and Jesse Stommel (New York: Punctum Books; ISBN: 978-1-947447-7-14), 11 pgs.
  • 2018, Angel David Nieves, “Critical Engagements with Race, Memory, and the Built Environment: A Primer (Remediation, Data, and Memory),” in The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities, ed. Jentery Sayers (New York: Routledge; ISBN: 978-1138844308), pgs. 391-402.
  • 2017, Elaine Sullivan, Angel David Nieves, and Lisa Snyder, “Making the Model: Scholarship and Rhetoric in 3D Historical Reconstructions,” in Making Things and Drawing Boundaries: Experiments in the Digital Humanities, Debates in the Digital Humanities Series, ed. Jentery Sayers (University of Minnesota Press; ISBN: 978-1517902858), pgs. 301-316.
  • 2014, Angel David Nieves & Marla Jaksch (on-line journal), Special Issue Guest Co-Editors, “Intersections: Heritage, Development, Digital Technologies, and Pedagogy in Africa and the
  • African Diaspora,” The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy 6 <>
  • 2008, Angel David Nieves and Leslie M. Alexander (editors), “We ShalI Independent Be:” African American Place-Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the U.S., University Press of Colorado (ISBN: 978-0-87081-906-3) – lead author

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