• PhD, French Literature, 05/14, Certificate in French Studies, 09/06, NYU
  • MFA, Literary Translation, 05/04, University of Iowa
  • BA, French & English Literature (1st Class), 06/00, University of Glasgow


  • Metadata for Digital Collections, Spring 2016, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
  • HTML and CSS, Fall 2015, City University of New York
  • Advanced User Research, Summer 2015, New York University


Modern Language Association

Head of Digital Initiatives, 10/16–present

  • Manage the development, promotion, and launch of major grant-funded projects
  • Coordinate project teams and resources to ensure quality, on-time deliverables
  • Manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Represent projects at scholarly communication events
  • Develop and support Open Access publication initiatives
  • Oversee development, awareness building, and outreach for interdisciplinary repository
  • Communicate project success via presentations, white papers, and reports
  • Co-author grant narratives
  • Manage project staff

Project Manager for Digital Initiatives, 02/16–10/16

  • Project managed major grant-funded projects
  • Coordinated project teams and resources to ensure quality, on-time deliverables
  • Managed relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Participated in scholarly communication events for outreach and research purposes
  • Created awareness of scholarly communication issues as they relate to user base
  • Developed and supported Open Access publication initiatives
  • Built awareness of interdisciplinary repository and coordinate outreach
  • Communicated project success via presentations, white papers, and reports
  • Researched and wrote grant narratives

 Managing Editor, MLA Commons, 12/14–02/16

  • Managed major academic social network (increased membership by 150% in 1 year)
  • Commissioned and managed content for multiple sites
  • Advised users on content strategy and design
  • Conceptualized, organized, and led engaging outreach events and initiatives
  • Wrote engaging user-facing documentation: guides, newsletters, white papers
  • Developed, coordinated, and integrated usability studies and competitive analyses
  • Crafted network’s social media strategy and nurtured its reputation


Manager, Outreach and Community, 09/13–12/14

  • Planned and created usability studies, personas, beta testing sessions, surveys
  • Served as voiced of user to set development priority and product strategy
  • Managed $60,000 community budget in creative and innovative ways to ensure ROI
  • Planned, organized, led, and assessed success of national and international outreach
  • Managed product social media strategy and presence
  • Reported on higher education/library trends to company stakeholders
  • Commissioned, edited, published, and publicized content using WordPress CMS

Rutgers University

E-course developer & lecturer, French and Expository Writing, 2008–2010; 2013–2016

New York University

Instructor of French, 09/06–08/08; 09/11–12/12

Freelance Journalist

London and New York, 01/97–12/05


  • Project Manager, Mellon Foundation Grant 21500710, Humanities Commons – Phase II, awarded to Modern Language Association ($225,000) (2015–17)
  • Project Manager, National Endowment for the Humanities Grant HK-250665-16, Humanities CORE, awarded to Modern Language Association ($300,000) (2016–2019)


  • Agate, Nicky, and Mark P. Newton. Humanities CORE. White Paper. Washington DC:

NEH, 08/15.

  • The Shine by Frédéric Mari, translation Nicky Agate, Libre Edition, 2010


  • OpenCon 2016. Invited participant. 11–14 November 2016.
  • With Mark Newton. “Building Repositories Better Together: Columbia University Libraries and the MLA.” DLF Forum. Milwaukee, WI. 6–9 November 2016.
  • With Rebecca Kennison, Stacy Konkiel, Christopher Long, Jason Rhody, and Simone Sacchi. Team lead, “HuMetrics: Building Humane Metrics for the Humanities.” Workshop participant. Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute. Chapel Hill, NC. 9-13 October 2016.
  • “Scholarly Communication and Collaboration Across Disciplinary Boundaries: Building Humanities Commons,” HASTAC, 05/16, Tempe, AZ.
  • “The Role of Scholarly Societies in Facilitating Social Knowledge and Sharing in the Humanities,” ACLA, 03/16, Cambridge, MA.


Editorial Board, Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 10/16–present

Steering Committee, Renaissance Knowledge Network, 01/16–present

Organizing Committee, Digital Preservation 2016.

Program Representative, National Digital Stewardship Alliance, ongoing

Member, Editorial Board, Technoculture, 2013–15


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