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Research Interests

Text mining in large digital libraries, Modeling literary concepts with machine learning, 18-19c British literature, History of 18-19c science, Sociology of cultural distinction

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fundamentalism Social Sciences
secularization Social Sciences
research practice Social Sciences
poetry Social Sciences
narrative Social Sciences
social status Social Sciences
film criticism Social Sciences
history Social Sciences

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Research Output 1995 2019

Distant Horizons: Digital Evidence and Literary Change

Underwood, T., Mar 2019, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 200 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Algorithmic Modeling: Or, Modeling Data We Do Not Yet Understand

Underwood, T., Oct 31 2018, The Shape of Data in Digital Humanities: Modeling Texts and Text-based Resources. Flanders, J. & Jannidis, F. (eds.). New York: Routledge, (Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Transformation of Gender in English-Language Fiction

Underwood, T., Bamman, D. & Lee, S., Feb 13 2018, In : Cultural Analytics. Feb 13 2018, 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Gender Roles

Why Literary Time is Measured in Minutes

Underwood, W. E., Jun 1 2018, In : ELH - English Literary History. 85, 2, p. 341-365 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

A Genealogy of Distant Reading

Underwood, W. E., 2017, In : Digital Humanities Quarterly. 11, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Distant Reading
Research Agenda
Experimental Method


Word Frequencies in English-Language Literature, 1700-1922 (0.2)

Underwood, W. E. (Creator), Capitanu, B. (Creator), Organisciak, P. (Creator), Bhattacharyya, S. (Creator), Auvil, L. (Creator), Fallaw, C. (Creator), Downie, J. S. (Creator), HathiTrust, 2015


Replication Data for: The Transformation of Gender in English-Language Fiction

Underwood, W. E. (Creator), Bamman, D. (Creator), Lee, S. (Creator), Harvard Dataverse, 2018


The Life Cycles of Genres

Underwood, W. E. (Creator), Harvard Dataverse, 2016


Activities 2011 2016

  • 8 Invited talk
  • 2 Editorial activity

The Pace of Literary Change

William E Underwood (Speaker)
May 2015

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Beyond tools: The questions about interpretation that link computer science to the humanities

William E Underwood (Speaker)

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Hundreds, Thousands, or Millions of Words: Fitting our Methods to the Question

William E Underwood (Keynote speaker)
Nov 2016

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Toward a Literary Longue Durée

William E Underwood (Keynote speaker)
Sep 2015

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Two Ways of Using Numbers in the Humanities: An Argument with Thomas Piketty

William E Underwood (Speaker)
Sep 2014

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk