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Johanna Drucker

Distinguished Research Professor Emerita
Johanna Drucker
Johanna Drucker
Distinguished Research Professor Emerita

Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in artists’ books, the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. Recent titles include: Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production (Harvard University Press, 2014), The General Theory of Social Relativity, (The Elephants, 2018), Downdrift: An Eco-fiction (Three Rooms Press, 2018), and Visualization: Modelling Interpretation (forthcoming). Off-World Fairy Tales, a collaboration with Susan Bee, was published in Fall 2020 (Litmus Press). In 2014, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and awarded an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts by the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017. Her recent work includes: Visualisation: L’Interpretation Modellante Visualizing Interpretation (MIT, 2020), Iliazd: Metabiography of a Modernist (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020), and Digital Humanities Coursebook (Routledge, 2020). Her work has been translated into Korean, Catalan, Chinese, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Danish and Portuguese.

Teaching and Research Interests
Research Center


  • Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies, UCLA
  • Distinguish Professor of Information Studies, UCLA


  • B.F.A., California College of Arts and Crafts, 1973
  • M.A., Visual Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1982
  • Ph.D., Ecriture, University of California, Berkeley, 1986
  • Honorary Doctorate, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2016

Awards, Honors, and Fellowships

  • 2019 Alexandra Garrett Award for Service, Beyond Baroque Literary Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2019 Inaugural Distinguished Beinecke Fellow in Material Cultures
  • 2016 Honorary Ph.D. in Fine Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, May 2016
  • 2015 Walter Ong Award for Scholarship, Media Ecology Association

Select Publications

  • Iliazd: Metabiography of a Modernist, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020.
  • The Digital Humanities Coursebook, Routledge, Spring 2021.
  • Visualisation: Interpretation Modelisante, B42, Paris, 2020.
  • Visualization: Modeling Interpretation, MIT, 2020.