Bonnie Mak

 Bonnie Mak

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230 LIS Bldg
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Champaign, IL 61820
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Bonnie Mak is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at the University of Illinois. She holds 0% appointments in History and Medieval Studies.

Research Description

Manuscript, print, and digital cultures; the production and circulation of knowledge; information history; manuscript studies; book history; history of science; medieval and early modern collecting; history of archives and libraries.


  • PhD, Medieval institute, University of Notre Dame.

Distinctions / Awards

  • List of Teachers Rated as Excellent; University of Illinois (2019, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2011, 2010).
  • Senior Fellow, Center for Humanities and Information; The Pennsylvania State University (2015–16).
  • Faculty Fellow, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; University of Illinois (2012–13).


  • History of the Book
  • Information History
  • Libraries, Information, Society

Selected Publications


How the Page Matters Toronto University of Toronto Press 2011.

Edited Books

Foscarini, Fiorella, Heather MacNeil, Bonnie Mak, and Gillian Oliver, eds Engaging with Archives and Records: Histories & Theories London Facet Publishing 2016.

Journal Articles

Archaeology of a Digitization Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 65 8 2014, p. 1515–1526.
Mak, Bonnie, and Julia Pollack 'Book Unbound': An Exploration of the Material Forms of the Codex and E-book Book 2.0 3 2 2013, p. 137–147.
Mak, Bonnie, and Julia Pollack The Performance and Practice of Research in 'A Cabinet of Curiosity: the Library’s Dead Time' Art Documentation 32 2 2013, p. 202–221.
On the Uses of Authenticity Archivaria 73 2012, p. 1–17.
MacNeil, Heather, and Bonnie Mak Constructions of Authenticity Library Trends 56 1 2007, p. 26–52.

Book Contributions

Black, Alistair, and Bonnie Mak Locating Information History in History Information and Power in History: Towards a Global Approach edited by Ida Nijenhuis, edited by Marijke van Faassen, edited by Joris Gijsenbergh, edited by Wim de Jong, edited by Ronald Sluijter. Locating Information History in History Edited by Ida Nijenhuis, Edited by Marijke van Faassen, Edited by Joris Gijsenbergh, Edited by Wim de Jong, Edited by Ronald Sluijter, London Routledge 2019, p. forthcoming.
Manuscript Cambridge Critical Concepts: Technology and Literature edited by Adam Hammond. Manuscript Edited by Adam Hammond, Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2019, p. forthcoming.
Mak, Bonnie, and Julia Pollack Cataloguing Transmissions: Critical Tactics for Making and Communicating Research edited by Katrina Jungnickel. Cataloguing Edited by Katrina Jungnickel, Cambridge, Mass. MIT Press 2019, p. in press.
Mak, Bonnie, and Julia Pollack Research Box: Making Visible the Infrastructures of Knowledge Boxes in Action: A Field Guide edited by Susanne Bauer, edited by Maria Rentetzi, edited by Martina Schlünder. Research Box: Making Visible the Infrastructures of Knowledge Edited by Susanne Bauer, Edited by Maria Rentetzi, Edited by Martina Schlünder, Manchester Mattering Press 2019, p. in press.

Magazine Articles

Mak, Bonnie, and Julia Pollack On the Design of the Humanities ACM magazine: interactions 2016, p. 76–79.