Adrianne Wadewitz

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Occidental College  

Adrianne Wadewitz was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Digital Learning and Research at Occidental College specializing in 18th-century children’s literature and the digital humanities. She received her PhD from Indiana University in 2011 and her most recent publications are “Providential empiricism: Shaping the self in eighteenth-century children’s literature” in Religion in the Age of Enlightenment and “Crowdsourcing History: The Shape of Historical Uncertainty and Dispute on Wikipedia” in Rethinking History, both coming out next year. Recently, she has been blogging about the gender gap on Wikipedia.

We are deeply saddened to relay the passing of Adrianne Wadewitz (@wadewitz), who was scheduled to teach our Wikipedia for Humanists and Cultural Heritage Professionals course at HILT 2014. Adrianne was a passionate, vibrant contributor to our community. Her work is a testament to the possibilities and potential of digital humanities writ large. Our deepest sympathies are extended to her family and friends. We leave her instructor biography and course description live on this site so that others may familiarize themselves with her work. You can contribute your own remembrances via the ongoing Remembering Adrianne Wadewitz thread at or by taking a moment to contribute by writing a Wikipedia commit in her memory.