cv. digital projects. blog.

I'm J.R. Ladd, a doctoral candidate in English literature at Washington University in St. Louis. I specialize in literature of the (long) 17th century, with additional areas of interest in the history of the book, authorship studies, and quantitative network analysis.

My dissertation, The Poetics of Association: Social Networks and Collaboration in Early Modern England, addresses shared creative labor in the period—collaborations shaped by competition, affect, geographic space, and the print industry—and shows how relationships shape literary texts. I argue that literary collaboration is more widespread throughout the early modern period than previously thought, both in terms of genre and time, despite the rise or "invention" of the single author as commercial figure in the late 17th century.
PhD Candidate
Washington University in St. Louis
Post-doctoral Fellow
Six Degrees of Francis Bacon
Carnegie Mellon University
calendar year 2017
English and American Literature
Georgetown University
Mercyhurst College
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
with Anupam Basu
E. Lit. 395C Shakespeare
Washington University, Spring 2017.
with Joseph Loewenstein
E. Lit. 498W The Spenser Lab
Washington University, Fall 2016.
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.

see more digital projects.

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.

site built with Jekyll using Github Pages. design inspiration from Jessica Svendsen.

the main text is set in the IM Fell typeface, based on the seventeenth-century roman and italic type used by printer John Fell. learn more.