MLA Humanities Commons

Humanities Commons is a nonprofit digital commons run by the Modern Language Association and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It allows users to build public or private Wordpress websites and discussion forums for course discussion, personal academic websites, and public academic resources. It also provides an open access Fedora-based repository for sharing research, syllabi, and other materials.

Use cases

Public or private course websites

Conference websites

Sharing and browsing syllabi

How to use it

Replacement for

  • Learning management systems
  • ResearchGate


  • Chapter on using blogs for student writing in the MLA Digital Pedagogy for Humanities by Diane K. Jakacki.
  • Interview in Scholarly Kitchen with MLA Humanities Commons founder Kathleen Fitzpatrick.