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78 Mt. Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
walser@fas.harvard.edu

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, July 2017-present

Assistant Director, Stanford Literary Lab, June 2016-June 2017

EDUCATION

Stanford University, Ph.D., English and American Literature, June 2016

University of Chicago, A.B. (cum laude), English Language and Literature, June 2010

DISSERTATION

Dissertation Title: Mind-Reading in the Dark: Social Cognition in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction

Committee: Nancy Ruttenburg (Advisor), Gavin Jones, Franco Moretti

AREAS OF INTEREST

Nineteenth-century American fiction; cognitive approaches to literature; digital humanities; history and theory of the novel; character; canon formation

 ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

“Proust’s Genies: In Search of Lost Time and Population Biology.” Forthcoming in Novel, November 2018.

“The Novel as Data.” With Mark Algee-Hewitt and Erik Fredner. In The Cambridge Companion to the Novel, ed. Eric Bulson. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Canon/Archive: Large-Scale Dynamics in the Literary Field.” With Mark Algee-Hewitt, Sarah Allison, Marissa Gemma, Ryan Heuser, and Franco Moretti. Pamphlets of the Stanford Literary Lab. January 2016.

“The Behaviorist Character: Action Without Consciousness in Melville’s ‘Bartleby’.” Narrative 23, no. 3 (October 2015): 312-332.

PUBLIC WRITING

Humanities Without Humanists.” Techne: the Blog of the Stanford Literary Lab. August 25, 2016.

On the spectrum, p.p.” Arcade. “Mental Health Keywords” series. January 25, 2016.

Obsessed, adj.” Arcade. “Mental Health Keywords” series. November 11, 2015.

Probability and Literary Being.” With J.D. Porter. Arcade. Colloquy on “The Nature of Literary Being,” edited by Nancy Ruttenburg. March 16, 2015.

“‘I Crave the Law.'” Arcade. December 20, 2014.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED TALKS

“Posthumous: The American ‘Spirit-Novel’.” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Fifth Biennial Conference, “Climates of the Will” panel (co-organizer), March 22 2018.

“The Monomaniacal Canon: Melville and American Eccentricity.” Eleventh Annual International Melville Society Conference, “Melville and the Mind” panel, June 29 2017.

“Text Mining for Race and Ethnicity in American Fiction.” With J.D. Porter. Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis Seminar Series, May 8 2017. Invited talk.

“Representing Race and Ethnicity in American Fiction.” With Mark Algee-Hewitt and J.D. Porter. DH 2016 (Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations annual conference), July 15 2016.

“Canon/Archive: Scaling the Literary Field.” With Ryan Heuser and J.D. Porter. Stanford University, Working Group on the Novel, October 20 2015. Invited talk.

“Gendering Literary Audience: A Case Study in Digital Feminism.” With J.D. Porter. University of California-Santa Barbara, SyncDH Research Slam, May 8 2015.

“Notes Toward a Cultural History of the Homunculus.” Stanford University, Philosophy and Literature Working Group, April 15 2015. Invited talk.

“Population Psychology: The Crowded Mind in Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu.” American Comparative Literature Association, “Number in the Novel” panel, March 27-March 29 2015.

“Cognitive Demographies: Community Size and Psychic Opacity in Early American Literature.” Society for Novel Studies, “Land and the Novel,” April 4-April 6 2014.

“Enlightened Objects: Angular Men, ‘Spirit-Pens,’ and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” Stanford University Department of English, “Close Encounters: Proximity and Presence,” April 2013.

“Realism as Waste: Information and the Ecology of Genre.” American Comparative Literature Association, “Rethinking Realisms” panel, March 29-April 1 2012.

“Horrific Economy: Brevity, Monstrosity, and Consciousness in ‘The Jolly Corner’.” McGill University Department of English, “Ghost Stories: Hauntings and Echoes in Literature and Culture,” January 2012.

“Failures of and Alternatives to Mind-Reading in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction.” Stanford University Department of Comparative Literature, “Agency and its Limits,” April 2011.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations

American Comparative Literature Association

C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

Modern Language Association

Society for Novel Studies