Diane Jakacki

About Diane Jakacki

Diane Jakacki received her PhD from the University of Waterloo, where she specialized in early modern printed drama, and participated in federally-funded digital humanities research projects. She has published two articles on applying social semiotic methods to early modern theatre history, an edition of Wit and Science, and co-authored an essay on developing digital image annotation tools. She is a software consultant to imageMAT and the Records of Early English Drama. At Georgia Tech she applies digital humanities methods to pedagogical solutions. Jakacki is currently developing researching the Elizabethan clown Richard Tarlton and his touring relationship with the Queen’s Men troupe.

Once more unto the breach …


Or, Why Teach Shakespeare to Georgia Tech Undergraduates? This is the third term I’ve used early moden drama as the theme for my 1102 classes. In fall 2011 I taught a course on London City Comedy (The Shoemaker’s Holiday, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, Bartholmew Fair); last spring I co-taught a survey with Tom Lolis (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Richard III, Titus Andronicus); this fall it’s a history genre focus (Henry IV, Parts … Continue reading

Profhacker Recommendations for Mac Apps

This week in Profhacker, Ryan Cordell itemizes some particularly valuable Mac apps to help with process and organization. I am a long-term Things user (synced on Mac, iPad and iPhone), love Scrivener, and am gradually pulling all of my various bibliographies into Zotero. What life hacks do you use? Back to School: Mac App Pack – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education. Tweet This Post

Shetty Publishes Picture Book

Cover of Malavika Shetty's The Sweetest Mango

Third-year Brittain Fellow Malavika Shetty’s new children’s book, The Sweetest Mango, has just been published by Tulika Books. The picture book, illustrated by Ajanta Guhathakurta, is written for children five years and older. and is available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, and Bengali. Tweet This Post

Everybody’s Got Something

Being a teacher can be incredibly rewarding. I feel fortunate to work in an environment where I can focus on becoming a better teacher and collaborate with other progressive pedagogues (couldn’t resist that). It is easy to get caught up in the prepping and marking and research and committee meetings and all the other aspects of being a practitioner of higher education. Then there’s the stress of the job search and the future and the … Continue reading

An Interview with Karen Head and Nirmal Trivedi


Assistant Professor Karen Head and Brittain Fellow Nirmal Trivedi were recognized this year with Course Instructor Opinion Survey (CIOS) Teaching Excellence Awards.

Katy Crowther, Diane Jakacki, and Christine Hoffmann sat down with Karen and Nirmal to ask them a few questions about course evaluations, teacher-student relationships, and their work in the Communications Center. A transcript of this enlightening interview follows.

KC: Thank you for agreeing to sit down with us. We have some questions, but obviously we can just have a conversation. First of all, congratulations on your awards.

KH: Thanks. Continue reading

RSA Gets Schooled!

Diane Jakacki and Tom Lolis (2nd year Britts) presented on Digital Pedagogy and Early Modern Studies at the Renaissance Society of America conference in Washington DC on March 23. Three sessions, sponsored by the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies and organized by Jakacki, featured nine speakers and a roundtable discussion about bringing digital pedagogy methods and tools to bear in courses related to early modern studies. Jakacki reflected on “Teaching Early Modern Popular Culture … Continue reading

Monsters and Young Adult Literature

Rachel Dean-Ruzicka (1st Year Brittain Fellow) presented a paper titled “How the Specter of Death Complicates the Image of the Nazi Bogeyman in Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief” at the recent International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference focused on the idea of monsters/the monstrous in fantastic literature. Rachel discussed the necessity for contextualizing the monstrous in young adult Holocaust fiction in order to avoid simplistic explanations that … Continue reading