Nicola Lercari

Name: Nicola Lercari, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor of World Heritage
Affiliation: Dept. of Anthropology and Heritage Studies, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, UC Merced

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Nicola Lercari, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of World Heritage in the Department of Anthropology and Heritage Studies at the University of California, Merced. He received his Ph.D. in History and Computing from the University of Bologna, Italy and has participated in numerous digital humanities and digital archaeology initiatives in Italy, the United States, Turkey, and Mexico. As an archaeologist who embraces both traditional and innovative approaches, and who is committed to community engagement, his research and teaching interface with the domains of archaeology, critical heritage studies, and museum studies.

Nicola’ research interest focuses on visual methods for the investigation, documentation, and preservation of the past (e.g. remote sensing, Virtual Reality (VR), 3-D modeling for argument-making, digital data curation) and community-based digital methods for engaging local communities and park visitors (e.g. mobile apps and citizen science). At UC Merced, Lercari played a major role in establishing the World Heritage Minor and is a faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Group. He is Chair of the Wide-Area Visualization Environment (WAVE) virtual reality research facility, and the Director of the Heritage Interpretation Visualization and Experience (HIVE) Lab.

Read an interview with Professor Lercari from 2015 to learn more