Associate Professor, American University of Beirut

About Me

I am a comparative medievalist and digital humanist.

I am Associate Professor in the Department of English at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon. In the 2016-17 university year I have a visiting position as Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at New York University Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

In medieval studies, I have been interested for some time in placing medieval literature in a global context.  My current research focuses on the mobility of texts between the Arabograph world of the southern and eastern Mediterranean and medieval Europe. I work in a number of medieval European and Mediterranean languages: middle English, old / middle French, Latin, old Spanish, medieval Italian and Arabic. I have published on questions of translation, compilation, rewriting and patronage in late medieval courts.

In digital medieval studies, I am interested in how information architectures (digital maps, networks, alignment and other forms of visualization) can help see traditional questions of literary history in a new light. I work also with programming languages to analyze textual corpora in a field of study known as computational stylistics. These analyses allow us to make both micro- and macro-level observations about the interrelatedness of texts as well as patterns of discursive similarity, thereby expanding traditional notions of intertextuality.

In digital humanities more broadly, I am interested in what might be called location-based or site-specific inquiry working with geospatial data to model phenomena of human culture, all fields of what have become known as the spatial humanities. I have considerable experience with participatory mapping and this leads me to examine the social creation of data alongside more traditionally state-created data. The digital map interface interests me as a site of data assemblage of cultural materials, both historical and contemporary.



Mediterranean Studies; European Middle Ages; digital humanities; spatial humanities; comparative literature


Header image: @DJWrisley, Vase, Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat Al-Zahra