Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Ted Underwood

Professor and LAS Centennial Scholar of English

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Ph.D, Cornell University, 1997

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications


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Book Contributions

  • "Discontinuity and Culture (in the 1840s and in Foucault)." Philosophy and Culture. Ed. Rei Terada. Romantic Circles, 2008. <>.
  • "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.

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Works 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.)