Nicola Lercari, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of World Heritage

Affiliation: School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts – University of California Merced

Nicola Lercari, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of World Heritage in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts at the University of California Merced. He investigates digital preservation of heritage, heritage diagnostics, heritage data science, cross-media systems for museums, and 3D visualization of the past. In 2011, Nicola received his Ph.D. in History and Computing from the University of Bologna, Italy, with a dissertation on the visualization of medieval urban spaces.


Dr. Lercari has worked on several digital humanities initiatives both in Italy (CINECA supercomputing center and University of Bologna) and in the United States (University of California Merced and Duke University). Currently, he is the founder and director of the Heritage Interpretation Visualization and Experience (HIVE) Lab and co-chair of the UC Merced World Heritage program. At UC Merced, he contributes to promote digital scholarship activities that bridge interdisciplinary knowledge from fields such as critical heritage studies, heritage analytics, remote sensing, GIS, 3D visualization, and community-engaged research.


Nicola is a co-principal investigator of the UC multi-campus research project At-Risk Global Heritage and the Digital Humanities in collaboration with UC San Diego, UC Los Angeles, and UC Berkeley, as well as he takes part in the international research initiative Çatalhöyük Project at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Çatalhöyük, in Turkey, as a principal investigator of the Çatalhöyük Digital Preservation Project. He is a member of the California State Parks Transformation Team Cultural Advisory Committee and conducts research in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Recreation at Bodie State Historic Park and in other cultural and natural sites in California.