Professor of Information Sciences and of English
Ph.D, Cornell University, 1997
Text mining in large digital libraries, Modeling literary concepts with machine learning, 18-19c British literature, History of 18-19c science, Sociology of cultural distinction
Eighteenth Century, Romantic, Science, Technology, and Digital Media
Work(s) in Progress
Understanding Genre in a Collection of a Million Volumes (1800-1949). (Supported by an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant and an ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship.)
Originally trained as a scholar of British Romanticism, I now work across the whole period from the eighteenth century to the present—focusing especially on questions that benefit from the perspective of a long timeline.
I teach in the School of Information Sciences as well as the English Department, and have recently completed a book, The Curved Horizon of Literary History, about the new historical perspectives opened up by machine learning and digital libraries.
Specializations / Research Interest(s)
- 18th century
- 19th century
- Digital humanities
- Romantic era
- Text Mining
Distant reading. British Romanticism. The history of science. Theories of historicism. Institutional history and sociology of literary study. Increasingly, computational social science and text mining more generally.
- NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, 2013-14.
- ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship, 2014.
- CAS Associate, UIUC, 2015-16.
- Why Literary Periods Mattered: Historical Contrast and the Prestige of English Studies. Stanford UP, 2013.
- The Work of the Sun: Literature, Science, and Political Economy, 1760-1860. New York: Palgrave, 2005.
- "Discontinuity and Culture (in the 1840s and in Foucault)." Philosophy and Culture. Ed. Rei Terada. Romantic Circles, 2008. <http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/philcult/underwood/underwood.html>.
- "How Did the Conservation of Energy Become 'The Highest Law in All Science'?." Repositioning Victorian Sciences: Shifting Centers in Nineteenth-Century Scientific Thinking. Ed. David Clifford, Elisabeth Wadge, Alex Warwick, and Martin Willis. London: Anthem Press, 2006. 119-130.
- "A Genealogy of Distant Reading." Digital Humanities Quarterly 11.2 (2017): 1 Jul. 2017. <http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/11/2/000317/000317.html>.
- English, James F., and Ted Underwood. "Shifting Scales: Between Literature and Social Science." MLQ 77.3 (2016): 277-295.
- "The Life Cycles of Genres." Cultural Analytics (2016): 23 . 2016. <http://culturalanalytics.org/2016/05/the-life-cycles-of-genres/>.
- Underwood, Ted, and Jordan Sellers. "The Longue Durée of Literary Prestige." MLQ 77.3 (2016): 321-44.
- "The Literary Uses of High-Dimensional Space." Big Data and Society (2015): 13 Jan. 2016. <http://bds.sagepub.com/content/spbds/2/2/2053951715602494.full.pdf>.
- Bamman, David, Ted Underwood, and Noah Smith. "A Bayesian Mixed Effects Model of Literary Character.." ACL (2014): <http://www.ark.cs.cmu.edu/literaryCharacter/>.
- Goldstone, Andrew, and Ted Underwood. "The Quiet Transformations of Literary Studies: What Thirteen Thousand Scholars Could Tell Us." New Literary History (2014): <https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/49323>.
- "Theorizing Research Practices We Forgot to Theorize Twenty Years Ago." Representations. (2014): <http://hdl.handle.net/2142/50034>.
- Underwood, Ted, Michael L. Black, Loretta Auvil, and Boris Capitanu. "Mapping Mutable Genres in Structurally Complex Volumes." Proceedings of IEEE Big Data (2013): 18 Sep. 2013. <http://arxiv.org/abs/1309.3323>.
- Underwood, Ted, and Jordan Sellers. "The Emergence of Literary Diction." Journal of Digital Humanities 1.2 (2012): online.. 21 Aug. 2012. <http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/1-2/the-emergence-of-literary-diction-by-ted-underwood-and-jordan-sellers/>.
- Goldstone, Andrew, and Ted Underwood. "What Can Topic Models of PMLA Teach Us About the History of Literary Scholarship?." Journal of Digital Humanities 2.1 (2012): Online. 24 Aug. 2013. <http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/2-1/what-can-topic-models-of-pmla-teach-us-by-ted-underwood-and-andrew-goldstone/>.
- "If Romantic Historicism Shaped Modern Fundamentalism, Would that Count as Secularization?." European Romantic Review 21.3 (2010): 327-43. <http://hdl.handle.net/2142/48907>.
- "Stories of Parallel Lives and the Status Anxieties of Contemporary Historicism." Representations 85 (2004): 1-20. <http://hdl.handle.net/2142/45264>.
- "Skepticism and Surmise in Humphry Davy." The Wordsworth Circle 34 (2003): 95-103.
- "Historical Difference as Immortality in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Novel." Modern Language Quarterly 63 (2002): 443-469.
- "Romantic Historicism and the Afterlife." PMLA 117 (2002): 237-51. <http://hdl.handle.net/2142/45266>.
- "The Science in Shelley's Theory of Poetry." Modern Language Quarterly 58 (1997):
- "Productivism and the Vogue for 'Energy' in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain." Studies in Romanticism 34 (1995): 105-123. <http://hdl.handle.net/2142/45678>.