Laura McGrath

Doctoral Candidate
Wells Hall, C710

I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of English, where I study literary modernism, literary institutions, and digital humanities. I have served as Project Manager for the Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition lab (DHLC), where I co-wrote and received a number of grants (including the ACLS Digital Innovations Grant), mentored our undergraduate student researchers, and taught DH methods with the aim of developing our centerpiece project: a study of the neuroscience of reading Jane Austen.

I am currently at work on a large-scale, text analysis project on the Armed Services Editions as a 2015-16 Cultural Heritage Informatics Fellow. The ASEs are a collection of ~1,500 novels, repurposed as propaganda for American soldiers during WWII, to promote democratic ideals and equip soldiers to "fight the war on ideas." I'm interested in how we might measure "democratic style," and how this project might open up new ways of considering politics and literary form.