Core readings

  • Jon Agar. The Government Machine: A Revolutionary History of the Computer (MIT Press, 2003).
  • John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid. The Social Life of Information (Harvard Business School Press, 2000).
  • Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein, Data Feminisms (MIT Open Press, 2019)
  • Yanni Alexander Loukissas. All Data Are Local: Thinking Critically in a Data-Driven Society (MIT Press, 2019)
  • Lev Manovich, “Cultural Analytics: Visualizing Cultural Patterns in the Era of ‘More Media,’” DOMUS (Spring 2009)
  • Tarleton Gillespie, Pablo Boczkowski, and Kirsten Foot, eds., Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society (MIT Press, 2014)
  • Tim Hitchcock, “Confronting the Digital: Or How Academic History Writing Lost the Plot,” Cultural and Social History, 10, no. 1 (2013): 9-23.
  • Frederick W. Gibbs, “New Forms of History: Critiquing Data and Its Representations,” The American Historian 7 (February 7, 2016).
  • Lara Putnam, “The Transnational and the Text-Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast.” American Historical Review 121, no. 2 (April 2016): 377-402.
  • Julia Laite, “The Emmet’s Inch: Small History in a Digital Age,” Journal of Social History (2020): 1–27.
  • Fulvia Mecatti, Franca Crippa, and Patrizia Farina. 2012. “A Special Gen(d)re of Statistics: Roots, Development and Methodological Prospects of Gender Statistics.” International Statistical Review 80(3): 452–467.
  • Jean-Baptiste Michel et al. “Quantitative analysis of culture using millions of digitized books.” Science 331.6014 (2011): 176-182.
  • Elena, Aronova, Christine von Oertzen, and David Sepkoski, “Introduction: Historicizing Big Data,” Special Issue on Data Histories, Osiris 2017, 32 : 1–17.
  • Christine L. Borgman, “Section I: Data and Scholarship,” in Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World (MIT Press, 2015), 1-80.
  • Joanna Radin, “Digital Natives: How Medical and Indigenous Histories Matter for Big Data.” Osiris Vol. 32, No. 1 (2017): 43-64.
  • Moya Bailey & Reina Gossett: “Analog Girls in Digital Worlds: Dismantling Binaries for Digital Humanists Who Research Social Media” (33-43); Roopika Risam, ” Decolonizing the Digital Humanities in Theory and Practice” (78-86); Kimberly Christen, “Relationships, Not Records: Digital Heritage and the Ethics of Sharing Indigenous Knowledge Online” (403-412). All In The Routledge Companion to Digital Media Studies and Digital Humanities,  Ed. Jentery Sayers, Routledge, 2018.
  • Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein, “Chapter Three: “What Gets Counted Counts,” in Data Feminism, in public review.

Suggested Additional Readings to Accompany Invited Speakers (in progress)

September 5-6: Matthew Edney, University of Southern Maine

  • Matthew Edney, Mapping an Empire: The Geographical Construction of British India, 1765-1843 (University of Chicago Press, 1997).

September 19-20: Ted Underwood, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  • Ted Underwood, “Theorizing Research Practices We Forgot to Theorize Twenty Years Ago,” Representations 127, no. 1 (Summer 2014): 64-72.
  • Ted Underwood, “A Genealogy of Distant Reading,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 11, no. 2 (2017):
  • Ted Underwood, David Bamman, and Sabrina Lee, “The Transformation of Gender in English-Language Fiction,” Journal of Cultural Analytics. Feb. 13, 2018. DOI: 10.31235/
  • Ted Underwood, Patrick Kimutis, and Jessica Witte, with NovelTM, "NovelTM Data Sets for English-Language Fiction, 1700-2009." Unpublished article.

October 11: Matthew Jones, Columbia University

  • Matthew L. Jones, "How We Became Instrumentalists (Again): Data Positivism since World War II," Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, Vol. 48 No. 5, November 2018; (pp. 673-684) DOI: 10.1525/hsns.2018.48.5.673

October 25: Mario Khreiche, Sawyer Seminar Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh

  • Mary L. Gray and Siddharth Suri, Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019).
  • Alex Rosenblat, Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work (University of California Press, 2018)

November 1: Richard Marciano, University of Maryland

November 15: Sabina Leonelli, University of Exeter

December 6: Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, University of Pennsylvania

January 10: Jo Guldi, Southern Methodist University

  • Jo Guldi, "Critical Search: A Procedure for Guided Reading in Large-Scale Textual Corpora," Journal of Cultural Analytics (December 20, 2018).
  • Jo Guldi, “A History of the Participatory Map,” Public Culture 29, no. 1 81 (January 1, 2017): 79–112, 
  • Jo Guldi, “Global Questions About Rent and the Longue Durée of Urban Power, 1848 to the Present,” New Global Studies 12, no. 1 (2018): 37–63,
  • Jo Guldi, “Parliament’s Debates about Infrastructure: An Exercise in Using Dynamic Topic Models to Synthesize Historical Change,” Technology and Culture 60, no. 1 (March 21, 2019): 1–33.
  • Jo Guldi, “World Neoliberalism as Rebellion From Below?: British Squatters and the Global Interpretation of Poverty, 1946–1974,” Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development 10, no. 1 (April 25, 2019): 29–57,

January 24: Safiya Umoja Noble, University of California, Los Angeles

  • Safiya Umoja Noble, “The Future of Knowledge in the Public,” Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press, 2018): 134-52.

February 7: Matthew Lincoln, Carnegie Mellon University

February 21: Edouard Machery, University of Pittsburgh

  • Machery, E. (2019). "The Alpha War." Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 1-25.
  • Benjamin, D. J., Berger, J. O., Johannesson, M., Nosek, B. A., Wagenmakers, E. J., Berk, R., ... & Cesarini, D. (2018). "Redefine statistical significance." Nature Human Behaviour, 2(1), 6.
  • Machery, E., Stich, S., Rose, D., Alai, M., Angelucci, A., Berniūnas, R., ... & Cohnitz, D. (2017). "The Gettier intuition from South America to Asia." Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, 34(3), 517-541.
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March 6: Colin Allen, University of Pittsburgh

March 20: Bill Rankin, Yale University

  • Bill Rankin,
  • Johanna Drucker, “Graphical Approaches to the Digital Humanities,” in Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth, eds., A New Companion to Digital Humanities (Wiley, 2016), 238–250.
  • Bill Rankin, “Cartography and the Reality of Boundaries,” Perspecta 42 (2010): 42–45. 

April 16: Mar Hicks, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

  • Marie Hicks, “Conclusion: Reassembling the History of Computing around Gender’s Formative Influence,” in Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing (MIT Press, 2017)

April 24: Melissa Finucane, RAND Corporation