Patricia Hswe is the program officer for Public Knowledge at the Foundation, which she joined in August 2016. In this role she works on a range of grants and initiatives supporting libraries, archives, museums, universities, presses, and other institutions that further the world's collective knowledge of the humanities. Previously, Ms. Hswe was digital content strategist and co-department head of Publishing and Curation Services at Penn State University Libraries (2010–2016) and, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, program manager (2008–2009) for several digital preservation projects funded by the Library of Congress. She began working in academic libraries as a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) postdoctoral fellow, also at the University of Illinois, in 2004, the year that CLIR launched the program. Ms. Hswe has also served as an in-house editor (2001–2003) for Bruccoli Clark Layman, publisher of reference works in literary and social history, and has taught in the Russian department at Amherst College (1990–1994).
Originally a Russian literature scholar, Ms. Hswe received a PhD from Yale University in Slavic languages and literatures. She also holds an AB in Russian language and literature from Mount Holyoke College and an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois. She is active in a variety of professional associations, including the Modern Language Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries.