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Andrew Piper

Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University

Andrew Piper is Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University. His work focuses on using the tools of data science, machine learning, and natural language processing to promote a more inclusive understanding of culture and creativity. His research is grounded in the history of reading technologies and how they have shaped human cultures.

Piper is the director of .txtLAB, a cultural analytics laboratory at McGill, as well as editor of the new open access journal Cultural Analytics. He is the leader of the SSHRC-funded multinational partnership grant, “NovelTM: Text Mining the Novel,” which brings together over 20 academic and non-academic partners across North America in the humanities, computer science, and industry to facilitate the first large-scale quantitative and cross-cultural study of the novel.

He is the author most recently of Enumerations: Data and the Elements of Literature (Chicago, 2018), which provides an introduction to the uses of data modeling towards the study of literature. He is a past recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Fellowship and the McGill Principal’s Award for Best Emerging Researcher (2015). His work has appeared in The AtlanticThe New RepublicThe GuardianSlateLe Devoir, and on the CBC. He is also the author of Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times (Chicago 2012).

Andrew's Sessions

Using Data to Reveal Gender Bias in Contemporary Fiction

Turning content into data is neither straightforward nor easy, but the .txtLAB at McGill University has been doing just this to better understand what’s going on between the covers of books and how we’re representing the world to readers. By focusing on one particular feature — character gender in contemporary fiction — Andrew and Eve […]
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