Assistant Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communitcation
Director, Digital Humanities Lab
School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Affiliated Faculty, Graphics, Visualization, and Usability (GVU) Center
Affiliated Faculty, Program in Human-Computer Interaction
Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Joined faculty in
Early American literature, food studies, media studies, digital humanities, data visualization
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Library Company of Pennsylvania, Spring 2014
Food Studies Fellowship, New York Public Library, Spring 2014
“Drawn to Art” Research Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, Winter 2013
Georgia Tech Faculty Foundation Grant, Summer 2012
Emerging Scholars Bursary, Digital Humanities Observatory/Royal Irish Academy Summer School, Summer 2011
Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship (NINES) Fellowship, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, Summer 2011
Northeast Modern Language Association Summer Fellowship, Summer 2010
Mellon Foundation Program in Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities (co-PI), 2016-18
NEH Digital Humanities Startup Grant, 2013-14
Current and recent projects
Senses of Taste: Eating and Aesthetics in the Early Republic traces the emergence of a national cultural language of food, and shows how that language is bound up in the ideals and contradictions of the early United States.
A cultural history of data visualization that locates the origins of today's information graphics, and related forms of visual display, in Enlightenment ideas about sensory experience and how knowledge is produced and perceived.
Recent and selected publications
With Matthew K. Gold, Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.
“Speculative Aesthetics.” Invited response. Early American Literature 51.2 (Spring 2016): 439-47.
With Jacob Eisenstein and Iris Sun. “Exploratory Thematic Analysis for Historical Newspaper Archives.” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (formerly Literary and Linguistic Computing) 30.1 (December 2015): 130-141.
“Dinner-Table Bargains: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and the Senses of Taste.” Early American Literature 49.2 (Spring 2014): 403-33.
“The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hemings.” American Literature 85.4 (Winter 2013): 661-88.
“American Studies after the Internet.” Review essay. American Quarterly 64.4 (Winter 2012): 861-72.
Modern Language Association
American Studies Association
Society of Early Americanists
C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
Association for Computers and the Humanities