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, 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 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.

 

Keywords:

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

 

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