Victoria Van Hyning

Victoria Van Hyning

Victoria Van Hyning

Assistant Professor

Dr. Van Hyning is a champion of bringing forward historically unheard voices from across cultures, races, genders, and socioeconomic status. Currently, Dr. Van Hyning’s work focuses on community engagement and outreach through cultural heritage institutions. She is particularly interested in using crowdsourcing as a methodology for engaging people directly with primary sources and helping them gain experience and literacy in deciphering the past – with a focus on lesser-known historical figures and stories, especially those of women, people of color, and religious minorities. 

At the UMD iSchool, Dr. Van Hyning is interested in working to bring forward the voices of another often unheard group – incarcerated students. She aims to create partnerships that will allow incarcerated students to gain information literacy and the tools and ability to advocate for themselves both inside and outside of the system. She is exploring the creation of hybrid courses that will bring UMD iSchool students on the outside together with those who are incarcerated, to learn how to advocate for, serve, and collaborate with those on the inside. 

Previously, Dr. Van Hyning was the Senior Innovation Specialist for Collections and Data at the Library of Congress, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Pembroke College Junior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, Humanities Principal Investigator at Zooniverse.org, Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at Zooniverse at the University of Oxford, and Assistant to the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist at Goucher College. She earned her Ph.D. in Early Modern English Literature, University of Sheffield and British Library co-doctoral award, 2010–2013. Thesis title: “Cloistered Voices: English Nuns in Exile, 1550–1800.”