Bio: I am an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Prior to that I was, for eleven years, a Lecturer and “embedded” Academic Technology Specialist (ATS) in the Department of English at Stanford University. During that time I co-founded and directed the Stanford Literary Lab with Franco Moretti.
My research and teaching is focused on computational text analysis, specifically an approach that I call “macroanalysis.” My literary training was in Irish and Irish-American literature of the late 19th- and early 20th-century. I have published articles about Irish writers in Kansas, Montana, and California. Some years ago, I compiled a fairly comprehensive and searchable bibliography of Irish-American writers and their books. A small full text archive and searchable version of the bibliography was for many years hosted by the The Western Institute of Irish Studies, which I co-founded with former Irish Consul, Dónal Denham. I directed the Institute from its founding in 2004 to 2009.