Broadly construed, my research focuses on the representational tensions between text and image as manifestations of social, political, and ethical anxieties and the role those tensions have played and continue to play in shaping the production and distribution of knowledge. Located across intersections of literary studies (specifically poetry), technology, and feminism, my research considers how the materials of humanistic inquiry challenge the positivist assumptions that underlie most technologies, particularly machine learning and text analysis algorithms, as a means for dismantling oppressive systems of information.
Currently, I am working on a book-length project tentatively titled The Algorithm and the Urn: Feminist Text Analysis, which explores the current assumptions inherent in algorithmic formulae for supervised and unsupervised approaches to analysis of texts through computational means. This work is based on previous scholarship that considers the dialogic and contested relationship between words and images, and explores how sociological assumptions about language construct gendered results in common forms of computational text analysis. Through an exploration of the gendered narratives that undergird algorithmic logic for parsing, ordering, counting, and evaluating texts, I consider how literary scholars trained in close reading might bring their methodologies to bear on large-scale computational reading in service of a public good.
Together with Susan Schreibman, I am co-editing an edited collection titled Feminist Digital Humanities for the University of Illinois Press, which features chapters that connect feminist theory with digital practice.
As Project Director of the NEH-funded Digital Humanities Research Institute, I write about critical digital pedagogy, building resilient communities of digital humanities practice, and designing and managing digital humanities projects. I in collaboration with a growing team of GC Digital Fellows, Kalle Westerling, Stephen Zweibel, and others, have developed an open educational resource for teaching foundational skills for digital scholarship.
I am also working on a project to recover the publication history of Elizabeth Bishop’s The Ballad of the Burglar of Babylon, particularly Bishop’s relationship with illustrator Ann Grifalconi.