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  • PhD, French Literature,  May 2014, Certificate in French Studies, 09/06, NYU
  • MFA, Literary Translation, May 2004, University of Iowa
  • BA, French & English Literature (1st Class), June 2000, University of Glasgow


  • Beyond TEI, June 2017, Digital Humanities Summer Institute
  • R, Interactive Graphics, and Data Visualization, June 2016, Digital Humanities Summer Institute
  • HTML and CSS, Fall 2015, City University of New York
  • Text Mapping as Modeling, June 2015, Digital Humanities Summer Institute
  • Advanced User Research, Summer 2015, New York University
  • Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for Digital Humanities, June 2013, Digital Humanities Summer Institute


Columbia University Libraries


February 2018–present

Modern Language Association

Head of Digital Initiatives

October 2016–February 2018

  • 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

February 2016–October 2016

  • Project managed major grant-funded projects
  • Researched, created, and maintained user personas and user stories
  • 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 coordinated outreach
  • Communicated project success via presentations, white papers, and reports
  • Researched and wrote grant narratives
Managing Editor, MLA Commons

December 2014–February 2016

  • 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

September 2013–December 2014

  • Planned and created usability studies, personas, beta testing sessions, surveys
  • Served as voiced of user to set development priority and product strategy
  • Managed community budget 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

September 2006–August 2008; September 2011–December 2012

Freelance Journalist

Belfast, Glasgow, London, and New York

January 1997–December 2005


  • Co-PI, Mellon Foundation Grant 21700691, Humane Metrics in the Humanities and Social Sciences ($310,000) (2017–18)
  • Project Manager, Mellon Foundation Grant 21500710, Humanities Commons – Phase III, awarded to Modern Language Association ($310,000) (2017–18)
  • 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.
  • Agate, Nicky et al. “From the Ground Up: A Group Editorial on the Most Pressing Issues in Scholarly Communication. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. 5(1).
  • The Shine by Frédéric Mari, translation Nicky Agate, Libre Edition, 2010


  • Duke Expansive Digital Publishing Workshop. Invited workshop participant. 16–17 April 2018.
  • “A University Library and a Scholarly Society Walk Into a Bar… Leveraging Open-Source Technologies Together to Help Researchers Tell a More Textured Story About Their Work.” Presenter. Library Publishing Forum. 22 May 2018.


  • “Integrating Digital Humanities into the Web of Scholarship with SHARE.” Invited workshop participant. 12–13 February 2018.
  • “Humane Metrics and the Value of Values.” Invited speaker. ARL Executive Seminar. Denver, CO. 11 February 2018. 
  • “Open Humanities 101.” Roundtable moderator. Modern Language Association Annual Convention. New York, NY. 5 January 2018.
  • “OER in the DR.” Presenter. Open Education 2017. Anaheim, CA. 10–13 October 2017.
  • “Open Humanities 101.” Course leader. Force11 Scholarly Communication Institute. 31 July–4 August 2017.
  • “Towards values-based evaluation in the humanities and social sciences.” Presenter. Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Antwerp, Belgium. 5–7 July 2017.
  • “Humanities Commons: Building an Open Networked Repository for Humanities.” Presenter. Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium. 12 June 2017.
  • OpenCon 2016. Invited participant. 11–14 November 2016.
  • With Mark Newton. “Building Repositories Better Together: Columbia University Libraries and the MLA.” Presenter. DLF Forum. Milwaukee, WI. 6–9 November 2016.
  • Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute. Invited participant. Chapel Hill, NC. 9-13 October 2016.
  • “Scholarly Communication and Collaboration Across Disciplinary Boundaries: Building Humanities Commons.” Presenter. HASTAC, Tempe, AZ, May 2016.
  • “The Role of Scholarly Societies in Facilitating Social Knowledge and Sharing in the Humanities.” Presenter. ACLA, Cambridge, MA, March 2016.


  • Founding Editor, The Idealis (current)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (current)
  • Steering Committee, Renaissance Knowledge Network (current)
  • Force Scholarly Communication Institute Organizing Committee (current)
  • Force2018 Organizing and Outreach Committee (2018)
  • AAUP Digital Publishing Committee, 2017–18
  • Program Representative, National Digital Stewardship Alliance (2016–2018)
  • Force Scholarly Communication Institute Program Committee (2017)
  • Digital Preservation Organizing Committee, 2016
  • Member, Editorial Board, Technoculture, 2013–15


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