Projects

Print and Probability—with (alphabetical) Max G’Sell, Kartik Goyal, Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick, Sam Lemley, Matt Lincoln, Kishore Reddy, Shruti Rijhwani, Nikolai Vogler, and Christopher Warren

Print and Probability develops probabilistic computer models that help infer book and pamphlet printers whose identities have eluded scholars. We use machine learning and computer vision techniques to extract hundreds-of-thousands of damaged letterforms from anonymously printed books in the 17th and 18th centuries, then compare them to known printers at scale.

The Frankenstein Variorum—with Elisa Beshero-Bondar, Steven Gotzler, Jon Klancher, Matt Lincoln, Rikk Mulligan, Jack Quirk, Emma Slayton, Raffaele Viglianti, and Scott B. Weingart

The Frankenstein Variorum collates the first transhistorical edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), enhancing comprehensive scholarly editions of the text in a variorum-style web interface. Its website permits scholars to simultaneously compare changes across five different versions of the text (in print and manuscript forms) created between 1816 and 1831.

MARXdown—with Steven Gotzler

MARXdown reimagines lightweight reading editions online, using the first volume of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital as its use case. We deploy the edition with the lightweight markup language Markdown, and a Jekyll theme developed by Alex Gil and others called Ed. The incorporation of group annotations with hypothes.is helps to foster community building through note-taking and asynchronous discussion of the text.

democracy Journal Archive (1981-1983) 

The democracy Journal Archive preserves the short-lived “little magazine” (with a lower case ‘d’) in an easy-to-read or download PDF archive with a linked index to its content. Founded in 1981 by the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, democracy features contributions from important political thinkers of that moment in 12 hard-to-find issues.