Digital Projects

Six Degrees of Francis Bacon.

As a research fellow at Carnegie Mellon University in 2017, I oversaw data analysis and the complete site redesign as a project lead.


As postdoctoral fellow in DH at Northwestern University (my current post), I am a member of the project team for this large project that is focused on annotating, expanding, and analyzing the Early English Books Online–Text Creation Partnership corpus.

Topic Model Scatter Plot.

For EarlyPrint, a projection of ~60,000 early modern texts, using LDA “topic models” and LargeVis.

Phrase Search.

Also for EarlyPrint, a prototype search interface based on Corpus Query Language that finds near matches for phrases. This tool is meant to facilitate the study of text reuse in the EarlyPrint corpus.

Dedication networks in EEBO-TCP texts (in-progress).

A major part of my current book project, this is a network analysis of names found in EarlyPrint texts. It includes applications of quantitative network analysis and graph theory, as well as named-entity recognition.

Network Navigator.

This web-based tool for network analysis focuses on quantitative network metrics. I’m currently working with Palladio to incorporate this tool into the latest version of their site.

Spenser’s Color Wheel.

A data visualization and deformance project that explores Spenser’s use of color terms in The Faerie Queene. Allows users to rearrange Spenser’s color lines into unique poems. I published a short piece on this project for The Spenser Review. [source code]

Print and Probability.

While at CMU, I participated in the early stages of this project, which comprises an interdisciplinary team of literature scholars, statisticians, and computer scientists who are using optical character recognition to identify printers of early modern books based on broken type. Though I’m no longer actively working on this project, I created the prototype site pictured here in early 2018.

Detecting meter in early modern verse.

A first attempt at detecting meter in early modern verse, shown here running on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116. This is a proof of concept for a project I hope to include in my prospective second book project, on computation and quantification in early modern english literature.

University Miscellany Network.

This bipartite network graph represents participants in university poetry collections during the 1650s and 1660s, information I hand-collected from EEBO documents while working with Steven Zwicker at Washington University in St. Louis.

Early Modern Digital Agendas Network.

I created a network visualization of the three EMDA seminars at the Folger Shakespeare Library for a blog post summarizing the events.

[Endless Monument][].

A Twitter bot for Spenser’s Epithalamion, that tweets out the poem according to the complex time scheme that Spenser himself incorporated into the verse ([more information here][/endless-monument.html]).

Marvel Network.

A demonstration of NetworkX and D3 Force-Directed graphs for digital humanities applications, using sample data from Marvel comics. [source]