I am a literary and cultural critic who specializes in intellectual history and U.S. autobiographical writing in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My work centers on two of the most exciting paradigms within the humanities at this moment: digital humanities methods / the data sciences and the application of cognitive neuroscience to literature and especially autobiography. My recently published work includes a critique of machine learning and text mining in the humanities and articles on the transition from nineteenth century to twentieth-century realism in the autobiographical work of Ambrose Bierce and Mark Twain's strategies for self-representation in The Autobiography of Mark Twain. In addition, I am an expert in data analysis with over fifteen years of experience in high-performance, distributed computing and database systems. I have designed, implemented, and produced a body of academic research on very large computational systems and multi-terabyte collections of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data.

My broader intellectual interests include phenomenological accounts of lived experience and how early psychology, sociology, and historiography contributed to, and were influenced by, literary accounts of the self. I am a graduate of Indiana University's doctoral program in English and teach widely within the College of Arts and Sciences at Dartmouth College. I have an h-index of 6 and my work has been cited over 260 times. Please see my Google Scholar profile for more information on my more popular citations and for additional links to my publications.

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