My name is Matthew Wilkens. I’m an associate professor of Information Science at Cornell University. I use quantitative and computational methods to study large-scale developments in literary and cultural history. My work has focused in particular on literary text mining, geolocation extraction, genre detection, and the cross-pollination of critical and social-scientific methods. For more info, you can see my abbreviated CV and my Information Science department faculty page.
I am actively recruiting new PhD students. If you’re interested in data-driven approaches to cultural questions, especially those that involve machine learning and digital libraries, drop me a line to chat about opportunities in our group.
Before arriving at Cornell, I taught at Wayne State University and the University of Notre Dame. I previously held postdocs in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis and at the Humanities Research Center at Rice. I trained in the Literature program at Duke with Fred Jameson and Barbara Herrnstein Smith; before that, I received an MA in English from Wisconsin, an MS in physical chemistry from Berkeley, and a BS in chemistry and philosophy from William & Mary. I’d be happy to send you my full CV if you’d like the gory details.
In largely unrelated news, I was once a more serious runner than I am now. I have never been a good tennis player. Oh, and my last name has an ‘e’ in it: Wilkens. Everyone gets this wrong.
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