Lauren F. Klein

Essay in Early American Literature

Posted by in American Studies, Early American Literature, Food Studies, Print Publications

Exciting news! My essay, “Dinner Table Bargains: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and the Senses of Taste,” about Jefferson, Madison, the foods they ate, and why we should care, is now available in print and online in Early American Literature 49.2. Please email me if you’d like to read the essay but don’t have a subscription to Project Muse.  


NYPL Blog Post

Posted by in Archives, Early American Literature, Fellowships, Food Studies, Research

Last spring, I spent a month in the Manuscripts and Archives Division of the New York Public Library, conducting research for my food book. I recently wrote a blog post about that experience– and the experience, more generally, of conducing archival research. It’s now been posted on the NYPL blog, and you can read it here. Image at left: Lydia Maria Child, Letter to Ellis Loring, March 9th, 1842. Source: NYPL MssCol 532.


Networks and the Commons

Posted by in Conference Papers, Data Visualization, Digital Humanities, Early American Literature

On March 15th, 2014, I participated in a roundtable, “Networks and the Commons,” at C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists biennial conference. My co-panelists were Ryan Cordell, Ellen Gruber Garvey, Kristen Doyle Highland, and Joanne van der Woude. (Ed Whitley provided the opening remarks). What follows are my remarks, slightly expanded and reformatted for the web. — In bringing together these roundtable contributions, Ed [Whitley] observed that our shared assumption is that “the commons as a category of analysis is the product of networks.” This is true– I think– and in the…read more


What is Data in Literary Studies?

Posted by in Conference Papers, Early American Literature, Media Studies

A new Colloquy, over at Arcade, features my remarks from the roundtable, “What is Data in Literary Studies?” which took place at the 2014 MLA convention the other week. The panel was organized by Jim English, and also featured remarks by Eric Hayot, Scott Selisker, Peter Logan, David Alworth, and Heather Houser. A Storify of the related tweets can be found here.


Three Research Fellowships

Posted by in Data Visualization, Early American Literature, Fellowships, Research

In more good news, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been awarded three research fellowships for the 2013-14 academic year. I’ve received the “Drawn to Art” fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society in order to conduct research for my second book, a cultural history of data visualization from the eighteenth century to the present. I’ve also received a one-month Mellon Foundation fellowship from the Library Company of Philadelphia for that project, which I’ll take up in May 2014. In addition, I’ve received a Food Studies Fellowship from the New York Public Library in order to complete a chapter of my…read more


NEH Digital Humanities Startup Grant

Posted by in American Studies, Archives, Data Visualization, Digital Humanities, Early American Literature

I’m pleased to announce that my project with Jacob Eisenstein, Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Computing, has been awarded a Digital Humanities Startup Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Our project, TOME, which stands for Interactive TOpic Model and MEtadata Visualization, is a tool to support the interactive exploration and visualization of text-based archives. Drawing upon the technique of topic modeling—that is, a computational method for identifying the themes that recur across a collection of texts—our tool will allow humanities scholars to trace the evolution and circulation of these themes…read more


University of Alabama Talk

Posted by in Data Visualization, Digital Humanities, Early American Literature, Invited Talks

On Wednesday, November 8th, I’ll be giving a talk at the University of Alabama’s Digital Scholarship Center. I’ll be posting the slides from my talk upon my return, but as a preview, here’s John Melish‘s 1822 “Diagram of the United States.” (The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has a larger version). I’ll also be leading a brown bag the next day, where I’ll discuss the following projects: Ben Rubin and Mark Hansen’s installation piece, Movable Type. Whitney Trettien’s multimodal essay, Plant->Animal->Book Kate Bagnall and Tim Sherratt’s The Real Face of White Australia Martin Krzywinski’s…read more