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.

Distant Reading Working Group

I’m very excited to be co-leading a Research Working Group on Distant Reading in the English Department at MSU, with Professor Steve Rachman. Research Working Groups are a new initiative in the graduate program at MSU; the department is offering four, organized around intellectual, research, and teaching interests shared among faculty and graduate students. From…

Student Portfolios : Intro/Advanced Digital Research Methods

I’m pleased to announce the Mellon Scholars’ 2016-17 Team Portfolios! Click on the images below to visit the four team sites: 1. The Modernist Journals Project, 2. 19th Century Sunday School Books, 3. Antislavery Almanacs, and 4. The Founding Fathers Lending Library.   Team portfolios comprised the bulk of our assignments in IDS 180-181; students…

English 353 : Women and the Contemporary Novel

I’m excited to be teaching Women and the Contemporary Novel this summer at MSU. This is an upper-level English course (cross-listed with Women’s Studies), and I’m excited to dive (back) in to some of my favorite recent books with a group of students. The course will be online, and I’m experimenting with using Slack as…