Speakers

Mark Algee-Hewitt is an assistant professor of Digital Humanities and 18th Century Literature at Stanford University. His work leverages algorithmic models to investigate aesthetic and literary critical phenomena in the long-eighteenth-century, in both England and Germany. He is also the Co-Director of the Stanford Literary lab, where he leads collaborative projects on a diverse range of topics from the emergence of eighteenth-century genres to the narrative basis for the affective experience of suspense.

Tanya Clement is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. She has a PhD in English Literature and Language and an MFA in fiction. Her primary area of research is scholarly information infrastructure. She has published widely on digital humanities and digital literacies as well as scholarly editing , modernist literature, and sound studies. Her current research projects include High Performance Sound Technologies in Access and Scholarship (HiPSTAS).

Ryan Cordell is Assistant Professor of English and Core Founding Faculty Member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks at Northeastern University. His scholarship focuses on convergences among literary, periodical, and religious culture in antebellum American mass media. Cordell is currently a Mellon Fellow of Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia, and will hold an ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship during the 2015-2016 academic year. He also serves as vice president of the Digital Americanists scholarly society; is Co-Editor-in-Chief of centerNet’s forthcoming new journal, DHCommons; and writes about technology in higher education for the group blog ProfHacker at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon is professor of English at Northeastern University and the co-founder and co-director of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks at Northeastern. She is the author of New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849 (Duke 2014) and The Gender of Freedom: Fictions of Liberalism and the Literary Public Sphere (Stanford 2004). She is the recipient of a 2014 Digital Innovations Fellowship from the ACLS for development of the Early Caribbean Digital Archive. She is also a co-founder of the award-winning digital archive, Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive.

Marissa Gemma is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt. Her current book project is a history of colloquial and speech-based prose styles in nineteenth-century American literature; she is also at work on collaborative projects on the historical relationship of the “canon” to the “archive,” on prose rhythm, and on the development of the concept of authenticity in the early twentieth century. She is co-author of the Stanford Literary Lab pamphlet, “Style at the Scale of the Sentence.”

Ryan Heuser is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at Stanford University, studying British literature in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His research investigates the linguistic, generic, and ideological transformations invoked by narratives of periodization, such as the emergence of romanticism, by developing methods in the digital humanities in order to address questions regarding book history, print culture, and historical formalism. In the Literary Lab, he has developed and participated in a wide range of research projects, including the “Trans-historical Poetry Project” and “Mapping the Emotions of London.”

Natalie M. Houston is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston. She is currently writing a book entitled Digital Reading: Poetry and the New Nineteenth-Century Archive, which uses computational methods to explore the cultural function of poetry within Victorian print culture. She directed an NEH-funded project to develop VisualPage, a software application to identify and analyze visual features in digitized printed books. She is also a Co-Director and Technical Director for the Periodical Poetry Index, a research database of citations to English-language poems published in nineteenth-century periodicals. Her research on Victorian poetry and print culture has appeared in journals such as Victorian Studies, Victorian Poetry, and the Yale Journal of Criticism.

Matthew L. Jockers is Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Faculty Fellow in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and Director of the Nebraska Literary Lab.  Jockers’s books include Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History (University of Illinois, 2013) as well as Text Analysis Using R for Students of Literature (Springer, 2014).  He has written many articles on computational text analysis, authorship attribution, and Irish and Irish-American literature.

Hoyt Long is Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He is the author of On Uneven Ground: Miyazawa Kenji and the Making of Place in Modern Japan (Stanford, 2012). He specializes in modern Japanese literature and works in the areas of media studies, history of communications technology, sociology of literature, and computational criticism. He co-directs the Chicago Text Lab, which oversees a variety of projects related to global modernism, the history of racial and scientific discourse in literature, and the evolution of the novel in East Asia. Together with Richard So and Tom McEnaney, he is currently writing a book titled Patterns Taken for Wonder: A Computational History of Modernism.

Meredith Martin is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton. Her book The Rise and Fall of Meter: Poetry and English National Culture 1860-1920 (Princeton UP, 2012) won the MLA first book prize and the Warren-Brooks Prize for Outstanding Literary Criticism. She works on the history and circulation of poetic forms, poetry in English and in translation, disciplinary and pedagogical history, and the influence of nationalism and empire on English poetry, which she explores in her book The Invention of English Poetry. She is also writing a book about media, technology and representations of war.

Tom McEnaney is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University. His research interests include the history of media and technology, sound studies, discourse theory, linguistic anthropology, and new media studies. His work includes articles about tape technology and the novel in Argentina, the timbre of public radio in the United States, the use of digital photography in the construction of divided global and national publics in Cuba, and the poetics of play and historiography in the writings of Borges and Benjamin. He is collaborating with Hoyt Long and Richard So at the University of Chicago on a digital humanities project that examines the circulation of poetry and the formation of transnational social networks across the Americas, East Asia, and France (Global Literary Networks).

Andrew Piper is Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University. His work explores the application of computational approaches to the study of literature and culture with a particular emphasis on network theory. He is director of .txtLAB @ McGill and leads the Digging into Data Project, “Global Currents: Cultures of Literary Networks, 1050-1900,” and the multinational partnership grant, “NovelTM: Text Mining the Novel.” He is the author most recently of Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times (University of Chicago Press).

Richard Jean So is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago. He specializes in modern American literature, questions of internationalism and race in particular. His book Transpacific Community: America, China, and the Rise and Fall of a Global Literary Network is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.  He also does substantial work with computational and quantitative methods. He is working on two computational literary projects: a new history of modernism with Hoyt Long and Tom McEnaney, and another on the evolution of American racial discourse and cultural publics (1920-2000), which exploits a recently assembled full-text database of over 10,000 novels and dozens of newspapers and magazines.

David Smith is an assistant professor in Northeastern’s College of Computer and Information Science and a founding member of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, the university’s center for the digital humanities and computational social sciences. Before his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins, he received a B.A. in Classics (Greek) from Harvard. He has worked for Tufts’ Perseus Digital Library Project and UMass Amherst’s CS department and has published widely in the areas of natural language processing and computational linguistics, information retrieval, digital libraries, digital humanities, and political science.

Ted Underwood is the author, most recently, of Why Literary Periods Mattered (Stanford, 2013), and of a public dataset mapping genre at the page level in HathiTrust Digital Library. He teaches English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and is currently at work on a book that will connect the stylistic differentiation of genres to the social history of literary prestige.

Matthew Wilkens is Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. His research concerns the relationships between literature and the cultural situations that produce it, with special emphasis on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and on large-scale literary phenomena. He works extensively with computational and quantitative methods. He is currently writing a book on the literary geography of the United States from independence through the present day.