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I’ve accepted a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis for 2010-2012. The fellowship—in digital humanities and American culture—is designed to support quantitative textual analysis related to American cultural and literary studies. I couldn’t have asked for a better fit or a more welcoming environment, and I can’t wait to join my new colleagues in St. Louis.

I’m extremely grateful to Rice and to the Mellon Foundation for the two years of support that are now drawing to a close. Particular thanks are due to my supervisor and mentor Caroline Levander, director of the Humanities Research Center at Rice, and to Lisa Spiro, director of Rice’s Digital Media Center and all-around DH wunderkind.

Nothing much should change here on the blog, though it may be a quiet summer as I finish a manuscript. I’ll post updated contact information when it’s available.

Welcome to Work Product

So … what’s this blog about? Short answer:

  • Contemporary fiction, especially American
  • Literary and cultural theory
  • Digital humanities
  • Literary science studies

This is the material I study professionally. It’s an academic humanities blog.

I’m thinking of Work Product as a kind of research diary or lab notebook (give or take an actual lab) for my own work. So there will be posts about my current research, problems I’m working on (or having), sketches of new ideas, preliminary results, raw data, etc. There might occasionally be drafts of more formal work, but I doubt there’ll be much of that. Same for opinion pieces and popular outreach: Those are fine things, and I expect there will be a little bit of each here from time to time, but they’re not the main point.

The purpose is two-fold. One, I’m thinking that by forcing myself to write up my ongoing work, even informally, I’ll move through it more quickly and effectively. Writing is thinking, usw. Two, I’m hoping to get occasional feedback from people who are working on similar material.

There’s more information about my background and interests on the About page, or you can browse the archives to see what I’m up to at the moment (or some past moment, as the case may be).

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll feel free to leave a comment or to drop me a line any time.