Alan Liu

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Alan Liu is Distinguished Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He has published books titled Wordsworth: The Sense of History (1989); The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information (2004); and Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database (2008), and Friending the Past: The Sense of History in the Digital Age. Recent essays include “Toward a Diversity Stack: Digital Humanities and Diversity as Technical Problem” (2020), "Teaching 'Literature+': Digital Humanities Hybrid Courses in the Era of MOOCs" (2017), "Hacking the Voice of the Shuttle: The Growth and Death of a Boundary Object" (2016), "Is Digital Humanities a Field?—An Answer from the Point of View of Language" (2016), "N + 1: A Plea for Cross-Domain Data in the Digital Humanities" (2016), and "The Meaning of the Digital Humanities" (2013).  Liu started the Voice of the Shuttle web site for humanities research in 1994. Projects he has directed include the University of California Transliteracies Project on online reading and the RoSE (Research-oriented Social Environment) software project. Liu is founder and co-leader of the advocacy initiative. Currently he is leading the big-data, topic-modeling project titled "WhatEvery1Says" on public discourse about the humanities.

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