About

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Princeton University Center for Digital Humanities and the Department of English. I received my Ph.D. in English from Stanford. I was also a graduate research fellow in the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) and a Geballe Dissertation fellow at Stanford University.website-profile-cw

My dissertation, The Seizure of Literary History in the Eighteenth Century,  showed how the canon of C18th British literature was deliberately shaped by its subjects. I begin with Jacobite manuscript poetry and Whig prose as the key source materials for Alexander Pope — and latterly Samuel Johnson — and explore how Pope and Johnson exploited those source materials for their own ends.

During my time at CESTA I focused on network analyses (both of networks of people in C17th and C18th London, and of circulated manuscript objects in England and France from 1688 to 1750) and on quantitative histories of the European Enlightenment.

I am proud to be an affiliate of Stanford Text Technologies. My GitHub is currently quiet while I prepare for my next digital project, although some John Locke graphs and data will go there soon.

I tweet @ClaudeWillan. I am on Academia.edu. To be honest I’m not sure what my Spotify account is. In my spare time I collect and blog about perfume (under a pseudonym). Some of my poems are either in print or forthcoming from Barrow StreetTYPO, Queen Mob’s TeahouseImperial Matters, and Prelude.

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