Kalani Craig

Associate Professor, Department of History

Co-Director, Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities

Affiliated Faculty, Learning Sciences

Affiliated Faculty, Cognitive Science

Department of History

IU; IU Bloomington

Full Biography

My research and teaching specialties are at the intersection of digital methodologies and medieval history. I use digital methods like text mining, spatial history and network analysis to explore conflict in medieval European history, and my history-pedagogy research makes similar use of these approaches. I am also the PI on Net.Create, an NSF-funded exploration of network analysis in history reading comprehension. Together with Michelle Dalmau, I co-direct the Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities, which provides digital-methods and digital-pedagogy consulting and research services to the Indiana University-Bloomington arts & humanities community. Prior to returning to the scholarly world, I spent ten years managing Web sites and the technical and creative people responsible for creating those Web sites.

Honors and Awards

  • Lumina Foundation grant recipient for Net.Create
  • NSF EAGER Net.Create, a network analysis tool that roots digital-humanities tool design in the historical method to support digital historians (PI, with Co-PIs Joshua Danish and Cindy Hmelo-Silver)
  • 2015-17 Mosaic Faculty Fellow
  • 2016 Learning Analytics Fellow

Research Interests

  • Conflict resolution in late Antique and medieval Europe
  • Digital history, including spatial history, natural language processing and network analysis
  • Medieval historiography
  • History pedagogy


  • Ph.D., History, Indiana University (2013)

Courses Taught

  • History in the Digital World (graduate)
  • Digital History (undergraduate)
  • Digital Public History (undergraduate)
  • Medieval Saints & Sinners (undergraduate)
  • The Black Death (undergraduate)
  • Crisis and Culture in the Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean (undergraduate)


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