I am a scholar of literature & space. My research focus is on how digital techniques can elucidate novels of the 20th & 21st centuries, expressing itself in my digital coding and collaboration projects. I have taught in the Department of English at New York University. I am also a member of the Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities at Columbia.
My scholarly activity circles around the way literature and space are intertwined, specifically in American novels of the 20th and 21st centuries. I am particularly interested in novels that describe the experience of geographical (and, additionally, affective) change brought on by immigration or migration. I use the tool I wrote, NYWalker, to collect geographical data on the novels I investigate.
My academic work relies on collaboration and process, both in and outside the classroom. I work best as part of a team that sees its work as one of experimentation and workshopping towards a project. For example, recently, I coded Torn Apart / Separados, a site that reflects on the state of immigration in the US in 2018 and was covered by WIRED. This focus on teamwork and process is one I aim to teach to my students, as well.
I grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. I defended my dissertation “The Site of the Novel” in January 2014, and I received my PhD from the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago in June 2014.