I am a comparative medievalist and digital humanist.
I am Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at New York University Abu Dhabi located on Saadiyat Island in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Previously, I was Associate Professor in the Department of English at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon. I served as Chairperson of AUB’s Department of English from 2010-14.
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 mouvance, 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 us see traditional questions of literary history in a new light. I work also with programming languages to analyze patterns in textual corpora. 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, in what has become known as the spatial humanities. I have experience with collective mapping and social creation of data. The digital map interface interests me as a site of data assemblage of cultural materials, both historical and contemporary.
Keywords for my research
medieval studies; French studies; Arabic studies; digital humanities; spatial humanities; Mediterranean studies; comparative literature
Header image: @DJWrisley, Vase, Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat Al-Zahra