Johanna Drucker has researched and published widely on 20th century art history and contemporary art, visual, and concrete poetry, experimental typography, and the history of writing and the alphabet. Her scholarly works include Theorizing Modernism (1994), The Visible Word: Experimental Typography and Modern Art (1994), and several titles for Granary Books. She received her PhD in "Ecriture: The History and Theory of Writing as a Form of Visual Representation" from University of California Berkeley in 1986.
In addition to her scholarly work, Drucker has been writing, printing, and binding artist's books for more than three decades. She produces unique works and editioned artist's books, including The Word Made Flesh (1989) and Night Crawlers on the Web (2000), under the imprint of her own Druckwerk Press, using both letterpress and offset production techniques. As the Robertson Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia, Drucker has helped plan, develop, and direct a Media Studies department and an M.A. program in Digital Humanities. In 2005, The University of Chicago Press published her most recent critical work, Sweet Dreams: Contemporary Art and Complicity.