J.R. Ladd

I'm a doctoral candidate in English literature at Washington University in St. Louis, where I specialize in early modern and Restoration literature, book history, and social network analysis. I use archival research and digital methods to investigate the ways in which material practices and social relationships shape literary texts, and my dissertation, The Poetics of Association: Social Networks and Collaboration in Early Modern England, reflects these interests by examining collaborations driven by competition, affect, geographic space, and the print industry. I've been involved in a number of digital humanities projects and have experience in data analysis, natural language processing, machine learning, and web development using Python and JavaScript. I'm a sporadic Twitter user and even less frequent blogger, but those will both give you a fuller sense of my research interests. You can find an up-to-date CV here.

Education/Experience
PhD Candidate
Literature
Washington University in St. Louis
2012-present
Research Fellow
Six Degrees of Francis Bacon
Carnegie Mellon University
calendar year 2017
MA
English and American Literature
Georgetown University
2012
BA
English
Mercyhurst College
2009
Recent Publications
"Reassembling the Bacon: Crowdsourcing Historical Social Networks in the Redesign of Six Degrees of Francis Bacon."
Forthcoming in Social Knowledge Creation in the Humanities Vol. 2.
New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies Series.
Iter Press, 2019
"Kynaston, Francis."
Forthcoming in The Chaucer Encyclopedia.
Wiley-Blackwell, after 2019.
Exploring and Analyzing Network Data with Python.
Ladd, Otis, Warren, and Weingart.
The Programming Historian, 2017.
"Review of Theatre, Community, and Civic Engagement in Jacobean London by Mark Bayer."
The Shakespeare Newsletter,
Fall/Winter 2013.
Selected Teaching
Co-Instructor
with Anupam Basu
E. Lit. 395C Shakespeare
Washington University, Spring 2017.
Co-Instructor
with Joseph Loewenstein
E. Lit. 498W The Spenser Lab
Washington University, Fall 2016.
Instructor
Writing 1
Washington University, Fall 2014.
Teaching Assistant
E. Lit. 461 Imagining Tyrannicide, Remembering Regicide
Steven Zwicker and Derek Hirst
Washington University, Spring 2016.
Recent Presentations
"Hidden Authorial Labor in the Early Modern Social Network."
Invited Talk
Issues in Digital Humanities Speaker Series.
Washington University, November 2017.
See slides.
"Tracking Print Culture with Named-Entity Recognition."
PyLing Python Linguistics Group.
University of Pittsburgh, October 2017.
"Dedication Networks and Political Crisis: Print Collaboration in the English Revolution."
DH Faculty Research Group.
Carnegie Mellon Universit, September 2017.
"Personified Maps and Social Networks in *Poly-Olbion*."
Renaissance Society of America, April 2017.

see full cv.

six degrees of francis bacon

During calendar year 2017, I was postdoctoral research fellow for Six Degrees of Francis Bacon, an early modern network analysis project at Carnegie Mellon University, where I managed data, oversaw the project's preservation, and coordinated the site's major redesign effort. The fellowship is a part of my larger interest in and experience with the digital humanities, both at CMU and WashU, where I've worked on networks, natural language processing, topic modeling, machine learning, and more.

I live in St. Louis with my partner, Katie, and our cat, Cardigan. In my spare time I use Python and JavaScript to do things with words and a crochet hook to do things with yarn.

twitter. github. zotero. microblog. orcid.
johnrobertladd[at]gmail.com

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