Project Director


Andrew Piper

Andrew Piper is Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at McGill University and director of .txtLab @ mcgill. His work broadly concerns the application of computational analysis to the study of literature. Research projects range from a study of the transtextual impact of an eighteenth-century bestseller (The Werther Effect), crowd-sourcing character networks (The Sociability of Detection), the relationship between poetry and aging (The Poetic Body), and the visual analysis of pages across different world cultures (Global Currents). Each of these projects is interested in exploring how networks facilitate new kinds of comparative literary analysis across broader scales of both time and space. He is the author of Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times (Chicago 2012), which addresses current debates about the future of reading through a study of the long history of our embodied interactions with books, as well as Dreaming in Books: The Making of the Bibliographic Imagination in the Romantic Age (Chicago, 2009), which was awarded the MLA Prize for a First Book as well as honorable mention for the Harry Levin Prize for the American Comparative Literature Association.


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Mark Algee-Hewitt is an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of English at Stanford University and is the Associate Director for Research of the Stanford Literary Lab. Mark’s research focuses on the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in England and Germany and seeks to combine literary criticism with digital and quantitative analyses of literary texts. In particular he is interested in the history of aesthetic theory and the development and transmission of aesthetic and philosophic concepts during the Enlightenment and Romantic periods, using digital methods to trace patterns of language usage through this period. He is also interested in the relationship between aesthetic theory and the poetry of the long eighteenth century.  Although his primary background is in English literature, he also has a degree in computer science. As the co-associate research director of the Stanford Literary Lab, he is working to bring his interests in quantitative analysis, digital humanities and eighteenth-century literature to bear on a number of collaborative projects.

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Susan Brown

Susan Brown is Professor of English at the University of Guelph and Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta. She researches Victorian literature, women’s writing, and digital humanities. All of these interests inform Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present, an ongoing experiment in digital literary history published by Cambridge UP since 2006 that she directs and co-edits. She leads development of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory, which is producing an online repository and research environment for literary studies in and about Canada. Her current research touches on a range of topics in the digital humanities including interface design and usability, visualization and data mining, semantic technologies, and humanist-centered tool development, as well as Victorian literary history. Brown is English President of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques.


Anatoly Detwyler

Anatoly Detwyler is a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Humanities and Information, Penn State University. A specialist of modern Chinese literature, culture, and comparative media, Detwyler is also involved in the quantitative analysis of texts. He is interested in NLP, machine learning, and corpus-building, and has collaborated with the Chicago Text Lab on projects examining the literary field of Republican China and the vernacularization of modern Chinese literary writing. Currently he is also co-editor of “Macrotrends” (Guanqidajiao), published in the Shandong Journal of Social Sciences, a publication space aimed at introducing leading digital humanities research to a Mainland Chinese audience.


J. Stephen Downie

J. Stephen Downie is the Associate Dean for Research and a Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Downie is the Illinois Co-Director of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC). He is also Director of the International Music Information Retrieval Systems Evaluation Laboratory (IMIRSEL) and founder and ongoing director of the Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange (MIREX). He was the Principal Investigator on the Networked Environment for Music Analysis (NEMA) project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He is Co-PI on the Structural Analysis of Large Amounts of Music Information (SALAMI) project, jointly funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). He has been very active in the establishment of the Music Information Retrieval (MIR) community through his ongoing work with the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) conferences. He was ISMIR’s founding President and now serves on the ISMIR board. Professor Downie holds a BA (Music Theory and Composition) along with a Master’s and a PhD in Library and Information Science, all earned at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.


Matt Erlin

Matt Erlin’s specializes in the literary, cultural, and intellectual history of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Germany. In addition to essays on topics ranging from Moses Mendelssohn’s philosophy of history to the eighteenth-century novel, he has published two books: Berlin’s Forgotten Future: City, History, and Enlightenment In Eighteenth-Century Germany (2004) and Necessary Luxuries: Books, Literature, and the Culture of Consumption in Germany, 1770-1815 (2014). His work in the digital humanities focuses primarily on applications of topic modeling and network analysis to the study of literature and culture. A volume of essays he co-edited with Lynne Tatlock, entitled Distant Readings: Topologies of German Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century, appeared in 2014. He is currently at work on a project that uses computational tools to rethink the categories of influence, genre, and period as they apply to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German literature.


Matthew L. Jockers

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.  He oversees UNL’s post baccalaureate Certificate in Digital Humanities, and he serves as the faculty advisor for the minor in Digital Humanities.  Jockers’s research is focused on computational approaches to the study of literature, especially large collections of literature. 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 articles on computational text analysis, authorship attribution, Irish and Irish-American literature, and he has co-authored several successful amicus briefs defending the fair and transformative use of digital text. Jockers’s work has been profiled in the academic and main stream press including features in the New York Times, Nature, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Nautilus, Wired, New Scientist, Smithsonian, NBC News and many others.  For more information, see


Hoyt Long

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). His research interests include modern Japanese literature, media history, the sociology of literature, and the digital humanities. His current book projects include a history of communication in modern Japan and a computational study of global literary modernism centered on Japan. He co-directs the Chicago Text Lab with Richard So.

lauramandellLaura Mandell 

Laura Mandell is the director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media and Culture at Texas A&M University. She is the author of Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1999), a Longman Cultural Edition of The Castle of Otranto and Man of Feeling, and numerous articles primarily about eighteenth-century women writers. Her recent article in New Literary History, “What Is the Matter? What Literary History Neither Hears Nor Sees,” describes how digital work can be used to conduct research into conceptions informing the writing and printing of eighteenth-century poetry. She is Project Director of the Poetess Archive, an online scholarly edition and database of women poets, 1750-1900, Director of 18thConnect, and Director of ARC, the Advanced Research Consortium overseeing NINES, and MESA. Her current research involves developing new methods for visualizing poetry, developing software that will allow all scholars to deep-code documents for data-mining, and improving OCR software for early modern and 18th-c. texts via high performance and cluster computing.


Geoffrey Martin Rockwell

Geoffrey Martin Rockwell is a Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta, Canada. He has published and presented papers in the area of philosophical dialogue, textual visualization and analysis, humanities computing, instructional technology, computer games and multimedia including a book, Defining Dialogue: From Socrates to the Internet. He is currently the Director of the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies and a network investigator in the GRAND Network of Centres of Excellence that is studying gaming, animation and new media. He is collaborating with Stéfan Sinclair on Voyant Tools, a suite of text analysis tools and leads the TAPoR project documenting text tools for humanists.


Stéfan Sinclair

Stefan Sinclair is an Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at McGill University. His primary area of research is in the design, development, usage and theorization of tools for the digital humanities, especially for text analysis and visualization. He has led or contributed significantly to projects such as Voyant Tools, the Text Analysis Portal for Research (TAPoR), the MONK Project, the Simulated Environment for Theatre, the Mandala Browser, and BonPatron. In additional to my work developing sophisticated scholarly tools, I have numerous publications related to research and teaching in the Digital Humanities, including Visual Interface Design for Digital Cultural Heritage, co-authored with Stan Ruecker and Milena Radzikowska (Ashgate 2011).


Richard Jean So

Richard Jean So is an assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago, where he co-directs the Chicago Text Lab.  For NovelTM, he focuses on computational and quantitative methods as applied to questions about race and the modern US novel. Broadly, he is interested in the evolution of racial discourses in the US as they articulate and transform in culture and writing, and the way that they travel through and are embraced by different communities of writers, white and non-white.  Questions of racial hierarchy, hegemony and resistance in the novel – through both a critical and empirical lens – are central to his research. He is currently co-authoring a piece for NovelTM that attempts to produce a computational model of racial minority discourse, which will in part constitute a larger book project.  Beyond this work, he’s also working on projects related to discourses of wealth and capitalism in the early C20 and “creativity after social media.”

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Ted Underwood has published two books on nineteenth-century literary history, most recently Why Literary Periods Mattered (Stanford, 2013). Much of his recent research involves applying machine learning to large collections in order to understand literary history on a macroscopic scale. Current projects include models of literary character (developed in collaboration with David Bamman), and a topic-modeling exploration of the history of literary scholarship (with Andrew Goldstone) forthcoming in New Literary History. Another project, mapping genre at the page level in a collection of a million English-language books, is             supported by an ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship and an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant.

wilkens_01Matthew Wilkens

Professor Wilkens teaches contemporary literature at the University of Notre Dame (USA). He works extensively with new techniques of computational and quantitative cultural analysis, including literary text mining, geolocation extraction, and network analysis. His digital projects range from mapping the literary landscape of the American nineteenth century to identifying patterns of allegorical writing across several centuries to evaluating the convergence of international style in the age of globalization. His research blog is Work Product.



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Jeffrey Schnapp is the Faculty Director of metaLAB at Harvard. An Italian cultural historian, he is the author many books and several hundred essays, and in addition to playing a leadership role in the area of digital arts and humanities since the early 1980s, has pursued curatorial collaborations with the Triennale di Milano, the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Canadian Center for Architecture. His — a 6000 sq. meter pair of highway tunnels in Northern Italy repurposed as an experimental history museum– was featured in the Italian pavilion of the 2010 Venice Biennale of Architecture. He is the curatorial director of BZ 18-45, a new 20th century documentation center being built under Marcello Piacentini’s Monument to Victory in Bolzano, Italy.


Salvy Trojman

Salvy Trojman has been with Gale Cengage Learning since 2000 and is the Director of the Digital Archive Program for Canada. This division of the company specializes in digitizing books, newspapers and manuscripts from the greatest libraries in the world and making them available online. University libraries that purchase Gale digital collections  make them freely accessible for their students and professors  24/7. Salvy is a strong advocate of digital humanities and has been a guest speaker at Library and Archives Canada, and many industry conferences. He has been in the reference and scholarly publishing industry for 25 years. Salvy received his Bachelor of Arts from York University in 1989. He lives in Toronto with his wife Shirley and their 3 children.  In his spare time  he enjoys Golf, Hockey and listening to classical music.


haraldbaayenHarald Baayen

Harald Baayen is Humboldt Professor of Quantitative Linguistics at Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen, Germany. Baayen is one of the most significant figures in the field of probabilistic linguistics today and author of numerous papers addressing the impacts of frequency on the meaning of language.


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Kathleen Carley is a professor in the School of Computer Science in the department – Institute for Software Research – at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the director of the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS), a university wide interdisciplinary center that brings together network analysis, computer science and organization science  and has an associated NSF funded training program for Ph.D. students. Kathleen M. Carley’s research combines cognitive science, social networks and computer science to address complex social and organizational problems. She is the founding co-editor with Al. Wallace of the journal Computational Organization Theory and has co-edited several books in the computational organizations and dynamic network area.

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Barbara Piatti Geography is a Swiss researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Her research interest are in the field of Cartography and Geoinformation and she is the developer of one of the most significant literary mapping projects today. She will provide an important dimension of how to model spatial settings for literary study.


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Jenn Riley is Associate Dean, Digital Initiatives at McGill University Library in Montréal, where she leads library technology efforts such as scholarly communication, digital scholarship, application development and management, resource discovery systems, digitization, and online user experience. Jenn is interested in how technology is expanding and changing scholarship, preservation and discovery of digital content, and expanding access to research. She holds an MLS from Indiana University, an MA in Musicology from Indiana University, and a BM in Music Education from the University of Miami (FL). Prior to arriving at McGill in 2013, she held positions in digital libraries and metadata at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Indiana University.

Edith Rimmert

Edith Rimmert is the leader of the Enlightenment Periodicals digitization project at the University Library in Bielefeld, Germany, that encompasses 118,250 articles from major periodicals of the German Enlightenment (1750-1815), will offer a valued perspective on the needs of libraries.

Derek-Ruths-2013Derek Ruths

Derek Ruths is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at McGill University and Director of the Networks Dynamics Lab. He is the author of a number of papers that seek to develop new ways of measuring and modeling large-scale behavior in complex systems, including online social platforms, political parties, and biological organisms. He will provide cutting-edge expertise in the field of network analysis and serve as the expert collaborator in year five of the grant.

arthurbsuit1Arthur Spirling

Arthur Spirling directs the Program on Text Research at Harvard University and studies approaches to the use of topic modeling to understand political speech. He will be the expert collaborator in Year 3 around the question of modeling topics