Michael Widner

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I am a medievalist and digital humanities scholar working in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at Stanford. In 2014, I received my Ph.D. from the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. My dissertation "Genre Trouble: Embodied Cognition and Medieval Literature" establishes the importance of genre to interpretation and a theory for genre based in findings from cognitive science about how the human mind categorizes. My digital work focuses on developing research tools for the humanities, data visualization, text-mining, and other fun things. I am also the Director of Technology for Lacuna Stories (http://www.lacunastories.com), a digital reading and annotation platform for the humanities classroom.

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