The summer of 2019 marks our 12th summer of working with undergraduates to build tools to help scholars explore their digitized texts. Project leads Michael Drout, Scott Kleinman, and Mark LeBlanc are blending start-up and research cultures to build and apply tools for introductory explorations of your favorite collection of texts.
Dr. Michael Drout. Anglo-Saxon scholar, Professor of English at Wheaton College. Mike enjoys the study of really old writing, writing from way, way before you were born. Drout has written extensively on medieval literature, including articles on Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon wills, the Old English translation of the Rule of Chrodegang, the Exeter Book ‘wisdom poems’ and Anglo-Saxon medical texts. Drout’s English grammar book, King Alfred’s Grammar, is available at his website, www.michaeldrout.com, where you can hear him read you some Anglo-Saxon as a bedtime story.
Dr. Scott Kleinman. Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Digital Humanities at California State University, Northridge. Scott is a classic digital humanities professor: studying Middle English verse one moment and cutting code the next. Scott was lead front-end developer in the latest release of Lexos software as well as a client, sharing effective practice with Lexos in his graduate and undergraduate courses.
Dr. Mark D. LeBlanc. Professor of Computer Science at Wheaton College. LeBlanc teaches ‘computing for poets’ (an undergraduate introduction to text mining experiments, currently taught using Python) and has supervised the development of many software tools and computational experiments in genomics and lexomics. Throughout the year, Mark tries to manage the software-types.
Dr. Jianyu Huo. Wheaton Research Scholar of classical Chinese literature and drama. Prior to joining the Lexomics project, Prof. Huo conducted research at UCLA and Harvard in classical Chinese drama and literature, in Buddhism and Daoism, in women’s studies, and in shadow-puppet theater. She received her Ph.D. from Nanjing University and taught classical literature and drama at Renmin University and Shanxi University as an Associate Professor. She has been interested in digital humanities approaches—especially Lexomics methods—and their application to these traditional and important bodies of literature.
Kate Boylan, Director of Archives & Digital Initiatives at Wheaton College. Kate is helping the group manage our research data, including repositories that capture some of our hours of previous work spent finding, scrubbing, and cutting texts and entire corpora in special ways, for example, Shakespeare’s plays.
Weiqi Feng ’19. Weiqi was our software lead in both 2018 and 2019. Following his work in summer 2017, Weiqi worked through the Fall 2017 semester to continue the back-end refactoring work. A recent computer science and mathematics major at Wheaton, Weiqi is heading to UMass Amherst for his Ph.D. in Computer Science.
Cheng Zhang ’18. Cheng led our recent back-end (Python) refactoring efforts, prompting the group of eight developers to adopt PEP8 standards, type hinting, unit testing with code coverage, and continuous integration. Cheng is presently studying at Boston University for his Ph.D. in Computer Science.
Previous Research Groups:
2009-2010: Christina Nelson ’11 and Neil Kathok ’10
2008: Christina Nelson ’11 (see article about our founding student researcher)