Hofstra’s Digital Research Center (DRC): Tools for Building Scholarship in the Humanities

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JOHN L. BRYANT is professor of English at Hofstra University. He is the author of Melville & Repose: The Rhetoric of Humor in the American Renaissance (Oxford 1993), The Fluid Text: A Theory of Revision and Editing for Book and Screen (Michigan 2002), and Melville Unfolding: Sexuality, Politics, and the Versions of Typee (Michigan 2008), as well as over 70 articles. In addition to A Companion to Melville Studies (Greenwood 1983), Dr. Bryant has edited Typee (Penguin 1996, 2005), Melville’s Tales, Poems, and Other Writings (Modern Library 2001), and (with Haskell Springer) the Longman Critical Edition of Moby-Dick (2006). He is the former editor of The Melville Society (1990-2013) and founding editor of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies. He also created the MLA CSE-approved, electronic fluid-text edition Herman Melville’s Typee (Virginia 2006) and is currently director of the NEH-funded Melville Electronic Library and Hofstra University’s Digital Research Center

ADAM G. SILLS is associate professor of English at Hofstra University, specializing in Restoration and 18th-century British literature. He teaches a wide variety of surveys and seminars in the period that explore topics such as the rise of the novel, early modern aesthetic and political philosophy, the history of the book, the graphic novel, dramatic literature and the theater, and discourses of geography and cartography, which is his primary area of research. Dr. Sills has published articles on the intersections and tensions between cartographic representation and 18th-century British literature in English Literary History, Journal of Narrative Theory, and Literature Compass and has a book forthcoming from AMS Press, Against the Map: Cartography, Nation, and the Politics of Geography in Britain, 1678-1814. He is also a co-editor for the online journal Digital Defoe. His current research involves digitally mapping Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year and developing, with the support of Hofstra University’s Digital Research Center, a digital application called Itinerary, which will enable scholars to map works of literature.

VERN R. WALKER is professor of law at Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, with specialization in knowledge theory, logic, and artificial intelligence. He earned the JD at Yale Law School, where he was editor of the Yale Law Journal. Prior to joining the Hofstra faculty, Dr. Walker was a partner at a Washington, D.C. law firm, where his practice included extensive work with expert witnesses and scientific evidence. At Hofstra, he teaches courses in scientific evidence, torts, and logic skills for legal reasoning, and he is director of the Law, Logic & Technology Research Laboratory (www.LLTLab.org). Dr. Walker has published extensively on the logic of legal reasoning and fact-finding, the use of scientific evidence in legal proceedings, and computational approaches to legal analysis. In addition, he designs computer software for representing and mining legal knowledge, and he explores ways to use such digital tools in his teaching.

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