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Digital Humanities

I'm a PI on the NEH-funded digital humanities project "Mapping the Republic of Letters." This project, which brings together other scholars at Stanford and around the world, aims to map the correspondence and social networks of major intellectual figures. A series of articles based on this project is under review at the American Historical Review; a spin-off article, "The French Enlightenment Network," is forthcoming in the Journal of Modern History (co-written with Maria Comsa, Melanie Conroy, Chloe Edmondson, and Claude Willan). The tool-building part of this project has now been subsumed in the Humanities + Design Research Lab, of which I am the founding faculty director; we received another NEH grant to develop Palladio. This Lab is itself part of Stanford's Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, or CESTA. More recently, I have been working on the project "Writing Rights," and published an article exploring the potential of JSTOR's data portal for exploring the "great unread" of scholarship. I was also the faculty advisor for Stanford's French Revolution Digital Archive (, and collaborate regularly with the ARTFL project at the University of Chicago.


Stanford, CA

Principal Investigator:

Dan Edelstein

Current Research Interests: 
My current research lies in the fields of intellectual history, political thought, and digital humanities (DH). I'm writing a book that explores the history of rights from the Wars of Religion to the Age of Revolutions ("The Spirit of the Rights"); a second book on the history and theory of permanent revolution ("On Permanent Revolution"); and I continue to work on a number of DH projects, including Mapping the Republic of Letters (for which I am a co-PI), and Writing Rights, a study of the drafts and debates leading up to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the...
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