Adrian S. Wisnicki's principal research questions center on two areas:
Digital Humanties: How do we design and develop DH projects in a manner that a) promotes robust and sustained use rather than just access, b) is transparent and replicable, and c) fosters the long-term preservation of underlying digital data?
British Literary Studies/Non-Western History: How can study of the archive of exploration (e.g., diaries, letters, notes, hand-drawn maps and sketches) transform our understanding of the history and representation of intercultural encounter across the nineteenth-century globe?
A drive to answer these questions has led to work on two collaborative, international projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA) - the Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project (http://livingstone.library.ucla.edu) and Livingstone Online (http://www.livingstoneonline.ucl.ac.uk/) - and a series of articles in Victorian Studies, Scottish Geographical Journal, History in Africa, and elsewhere on the major British explorers linked to the search for the source of the Nile.
This current work extends Dr. Wisnicki's prior research on global conspiracy in Victorian literature (monograph, Routledge) and an archival quest (successful) to find Thomas Pynchon's lost writings for Boeing Aircraft, and grows out of Dr. Wisnicki's experiences living abroad in Africa and the UK.
Dr. Wisnicki takes special pride in designing courses based on his research that are accessible to both undergraduate and graduate students, and in building DH projects that can be used and enjoyed by scholars and the public alike. His research has been the subject of full-length articles in The Washington Post, The New York Times, most UK nationals, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
When away from the academy, Dr. Wisnicki likes spending time with his wife and daughters, walking, international travel, and listening to vintage 78 records.