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


  • Article by Classics professor Sarah Bond on why academics should delete their accounts.
  • Chapter on using blogs for student writing in the MLA Digital Pedagogy for Humanities by Diane K. Jakacki.
  • Interview in Scholarly Kitchen with Humanities Commons founder and former Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association Kathleen Fitzpatrick.