I’m a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK), where I study representations of gender in the Early Modern London plays as part of the Mellon-Funded Visualizing English Print 1470-1800 project between Strathclyde, UW-Madison and the Folger Shakespeare Library. You can read more about our research on our blog or visit our project website.
My PhD asks if Shakespeare’s use of gender is representative of Early Modern Drama and Early English Print (EEBO-TCP phase I). With a corpus-driven approach to concordance tools, I apply methods and techniques from corpus linguistics to identify and address Early Modern print and a subcorpus of early modern drama. The EEBO-TCP project allows scholars to address questions which were previously impossible to address at such a scale. I use historical sociolingiustic lexical realizations of the concept of gender for my analysis of representativeness. Gender is a way of categorizing the world; I use these new digital resources to address similarities and difference across play-texts of the early modern period and their relationship to early modern print as a whole.
I have done work towards the creation and implementation of a text analysis tool called Genderscope, which will apply a set of features derived from collocational relationships for gender-specific nouns to any given corpus. It is based around the framework of a rhetorical analysis software developed at Carnegie Mellon University by David Kaufer and Suguru Ishizaki called Docuscope.
I co-teach a digital humanities course called Textlab, which is part of Strathclyde’s Vertically Integrated Projects Initiative. In the past I have taught First-Year English (2011-2012) and Literature, Criticism and Theory (2012-2013, 2013-2014). In Autumn 2014, I will be teaching Renaissance Literature.
In 2011-2012 I was the editor-in-chief of ecloga: A Journal of English studies, Strathclyde’s B-listed international peer-reviewed journal. You can read more about it here or read my edited issue as a PDF here.
In July 2013 I attended Early Modern Digital Agendas, an NEH-funded Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library as a participant and as on-site technical support.
Within the department I am involved in several research groups, including the Literary Linguistics Advanced Research Group, the Group for Renaissance Research Reading and the Digital Humanities Research group.