I joined The Open University in 2012 as a member of the Arts Faculty and I am now part of the School of Arts and Cultures and the English and Creative Writing Department. I hold a Laurea in Lettere Moderne from the University of Bologna and an MA in English (Literature and Publishing) and PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
My main role in the Faculty is to develop research in Digital Humanities as the co-leader of DH_OU, the Digital Humanities at The Open University Research Collaboration (web and Twitter). I lead the Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age training programme for the CHASE doctoral training partnership (2015-present). I am a member of the READ-IT project, the Reading Experience Database, the History of Books and Reading Research Group, the European Romanticism in Association and RÊVE project and the Open Arts Archive.
In 2017 I was the Principal Investigator of the A Question of Style project, which was funded by a Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Field Development Grant.
My Digital Humanities research interests are stylometry, text analysis and their applications to the study of literature.
My Literary and Irish Studies research interests are the works of Irish author Thomas Moore (1789-1852), Book History, 19th-century Irish periodicals and newspapers, the history of reading, comic books and graphic novels.
In this short video [2:16 minutes], I discuss the 80th anniversary of Superman:
I am the author of a unit on Electronic Literature for the A335 Literature in Transition module. I am currently working on a unit on an illustrated novel for the new Level 2 module in English A233 Telling Stories: The Novel and Beyond.
In 2017-18 I was the Social Media Champion for the School of Arts and Cultures, working to promote the research and teaching activities of the School through social media.
I was a Consultant Editor, responsible for web publication, for the Open Arts Journal, an Open University open-access, peer-reviewed journal, during the period 2012-2015.
Before joining The Open University, I worked in University College Dublin and NUI Galway. While in UCD, I taught courses on digital humanities and collaborated with the Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) on integrating digital resources and teaching.
In NUI Galway, I worked with the Thomas Moore Archive, a project of the Moore Institute, NUI Galway, of which I am joint editor with Prof Sean Ryder and Dr Justin Tonra. For the TMA I developed a digital edition of a selection of Thomas Moore’s prose writings, and designed the web interface of the project.
|Book History and Bibliography Research Group||Group||Faculty of Arts|
|Role||Start date||End date||Funding source|
|Lead||01/Jan/2017||31/Oct/2017||RSVP The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals|
In A Question of Style, we want to assess the assumption that early nineteenth-century periodicals succeeded in creating, through a “transauthorial discourse”, a unified corporate voice that hid individual authors behind an impersonal public text (Klancher 1987). The project focuses on the Edinburgh Review during the period 1814-1820 and employs methods from periodical studies, book history, computational linguistics and computational stylistics. We will utilise Natural Language Processing software and resultant statistics to create stylistic profiles of the Edinburgh Review and its main authors, and our literary and historical interpretation to generate critical knowledge out of our measurements. We will then qualitatively describe the results of this stylistic analysis and evaluate them within the context of both literary scholarship on nineteenth-century periodicals and computational linguistics scholarship. Project outputs will include REF-able journal article(s), digitised articles dataset, project seminars and blog.