I’m a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK), where I study representations of social identity in Early Modern London plays as part of the Mellon-Funded Visualizing English Print 1470-1800 project between Strathclyde, UW-Madison and the Folger Shakespeare Library. You can read more about our research on our blog or visit our project website.
My PhD asks if Shakespeare’s dramatic use of markers for social identity (gender, social status, mental health) is representative of Early Modern drama and Early English Print (EEBO-TCP phase I). I use the Historical Thesaurus to the OED to identify historically-synonymous terms for these aspects of social identity and compare their usage in (1) Shakespeare’s plays, (2) in a larger corpus of Early Modern drama (1514-1662, from EEBO-TCP phase 1, incl. Shakespeare) and (3) in all of EEBO-TCP phase 1. My work draws heavily on corpus stylistics, historical sociolinguistics, literary linguistics, and digital humanities; my zotero account may be a useful resource for getting a sense of my methological and analytical grounding.
I have done some work towards the creation and implementation of a text analysis tool called Genderscope, which would apply a set of features derived from collocational relationships for gender-specific nouns to any given corpus. It is based around the framework of a rhetorical analysis software developed at Carnegie Mellon University by David Kaufer and Suguru Ishizaki called Docuscope. (You may know me from my work with Docuscope; it’s now freely available for use online on this site.)
I’m also affiliated with the Augmented Criticism Lab (UCalgary) as their linguistics specialist and I advise on the Archeology of Reading project (UCL/Johns Hopkins/Princeton). In my spare time I’m very occasional contributor to the sweary linguistics blog Strong Language.
From 2011-2014, I co-taught a digital humanities course called Textlab, which is part of Strathclyde’s Vertically Integrated Projects Initiative. In the past I have also taught First-Year English (2011-2012), Literature, Criticism and Theory (2012-2013, 2013-2014), and Renaissance Literature (2014).
In 2011-2012 I was the editor-in-chief of ecloga: A Journal of English studies, Strathclyde’s international peer-reviewed journal. You can read more about it here or read my edited issue here. In Summer 2015, I was Social Media Fellow for English Studies at Strathclyde (@Strath_English).
In July 2013 I attended Early Modern Digital Agendas, an NEH-funded Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library as a participant and as on-site technical support.
Within the department I am involved in several research groups, including the Literary Linguistics Advanced Research Group, the Group for Renaissance Research Reading and the Digital Humanities Research group.
A copy of my CV is available upon request.