I am a doctoral candidate (ABD) in English and Digital Humanities at Michigan State University. My primary research interests lie in computational approaches to post45 American fiction. I also quite enjoy literary sociology, modernism, book history, and new media. My dissertation is entitled Middlemen: Making Literature in the Age of Multimedia Conglomerates.
As a digital humanist, I employ methods that tend to be called “distant reading,” or alternately, “text mining.” I have completed a graduate certificate in DH at MSU, as well as statistical and computational training at ICPSR (2017), DHSI (2015, 2016) and HILT (2015). I am currently at work on a major DH project in collaboration with Devin Higgins and Arend Hintze, entitled Measuring Literary Novelty. Under the support of a HathiTrust Advanced Collaborative Support Grant, we have developed a measurement for detecting and measuring literary novelty in a corpus of ~6,000 English language novels.
In 2015-16, I served as a Mellon Fellow in Digital Liberal Arts at Hope College (Holland, MI), where I taught both Intro and Advanced digital research methods. You can read more about my teaching here. In 2014-2015, I was the Project Manager and Graduate Lead of the Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition lab (DHLC), where I co-wrote and won an ACLS Digital Innovations Fellowship with Professor Natalie Phillips.
I have been the recipient of the John A. Yunck Endowed Scholarship, the Provost’s Pre-Professional Award, and a Dissertation Completion Fellowship at MSU.
Feel free to get in contact with me! I’d love to hear from you.