Bonnie Mak is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences and holds cross-appointments in History and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois. She teaches courses in the history and future of the book, and offers doctoral seminars on authenticity, reading practices, and knowledge production. Her first book, How the Page Matters (2011), examines the interface of the page as it is developed across time, geographies, and technologies. A second book-length project, Confessions of a 21st-Century Memsahib, explores the historical circumstances that shape the digital materials with which scholarship is increasingly conducted, and thereby examines the notions of data and information in the humanities.
Mak was named Senior Fellow of the Center for Humanities and Information at the Pennsylvania State University in 2015, and Faculty Fellow of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities in 2012. She has been the recipient of grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Newberry Consortium for Renaissance Studies, and the Huntington Library. Before joining the University of Illinois, Mak was Post-Doctoral Fellow of the InterPARES Project on the preservation of digital records at the University of British Columbia, and SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Faculty of Information and the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. (2023)