Ted Underwood

Professor of Information Sciences and of English


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


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

Research Description

  • 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.




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Book Contributions

  • "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.

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