I am Associate Director of the Stanford University Literary Lab, and a postdoctoral fellow in English. My primary interests lie in computational approaches to post45 American fiction. I am at work on a manuscript, a literary history of the agent, entitled Middlemen: Making Literature in the Age of Multimedia Conglomerates. I am also working on a second, trade book called The Incomparables: What Gets Published and Why.

As a digital humanist, I employ methods associated with cultural analytics and distant reading, or more technically, text mining and Natural Language Processing. I am at work on a number of DH projects, both at the Lit Lab and at-large.

I hold a Ph.D. in English and Digital Humanities from Michigan State University (2018). In 2017-2018, I was the recipient of the John A. Yunck Endowed Scholarship. In 2016-17, 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 2015-2016, 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 Natalie Phillips


Comping White

For the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), I wrote about racial discrimination in publishing and “the most important data you’ve never heard of”: comp titles.  Please, don’t take my word for it. These data are provocative, but “these numbers shouldn’t surprise us. Writers of color have long spoken and written about their experiences of discrimination in…

Measuring Modernist Novelty

I’m pleased to announce that “Measuring Modernist Novelty,” co-written with Devin Higgins and Arend Hintze, was published at CA: Journal of Cultural Analytics.  Do take a read! This first publication represents our first, proof-of-concept phase of an ongoing project. In Phase II, we partnered with HathiTrust as the recipient of an HTRC Collaborative Support Grant to build…

MLA 2019: Bookish Transactions

I’m excited to be presenting some of my ongoing work on literary agency at MLA 2019 this January, on a roundtable with some of my favorite thinkers. Our panel, Bookish Transactions, has been included in the Presidential Theme, “Textual Transactions.” We’ll be thinking about digital publication from a variety of vantage points, including media studies, computational analysis,…