His research draws on key questions in the fields of media studies, visual studies, science and technology studies, and the history of technology. His published works examine the history of educational technology, the history of humanities education, and the history of the digital humanities. His work in the digital humanities focuses on multimedia and multimodal authoring and publishing, digital pedagogy, and critical making. He specializes in digital research and writing, with particular expertise in new models for authoring, credentialing, and publishing born-digital humanities scholarship.
Prior to directing the Ahmanson Lab at the Harman Academy, Curtis had been Associate Multimedia Editor for Urban History at Cambridge University Press; Administrative Assistant for the Center for Transformative Scholarship in the Digital Age; Administrative Director for the Program in Science, Technology and Society; Director of Digital Communications for the Visual Studies Research Institute; and Project Manager for the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture.