Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D., English language and literature, 2010
University of Virginia
On leave 2015-2016
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Ryan Cordell is an assistant professor of English at Northeastern University and core founding faculty member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. His scholarship focuses on convergences among literary, periodical, and religious culture in antebellum American mass media. Prof. Cordell collaborates with colleagues in English, history, and computer science on the NEH-, Mellon-, and ACLS-funded Viral Texts project, which uses robust data mining tools to discover reprinted content across large-scale archives of nineteenth-century newspapers and magazines. These “viral texts” help us to trace lines of influence among antebellum writers and editors, and to construct a model of viral textuality in the period. Cordell is currently a Mellon Fellow of Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia and holds an ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship during the 2015-2016 academic year. He also serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of centerNet’s journal, DHCommons; and writes about technology in higher education for the group blog ProfHacker at the Chronicle of Higher Education.
- “Reprinting, Circulation, and the Network Author in Antebellum Newspapers,” forthcoming in American Literary History 27.3 (August 2015), preprint at http://ryancordell.org/research/reprinting-circulation-and-the-network-author-in-antebellum-newspapers/.
- “Viral Textuality in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Newspaper Exchanges,” in Virtual Victorians, ed. Veronica Alfano and Andrew Stauffer, Palgrave MacMillan (May 2015)
- “‘Taken Possession of’: Hawthorne’s ‘Celestial Railroad’ in the Nineteenth Century Evangelical Canon,” Special Issue on “The Literary,” Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ), Summer 2013.
- “‘Taken Possession Of’: Hawthorne’s ‘Celestial Railroad’ in the Nineteenth Century Evangelical Canon,” Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ) 7, 1
- “‘This Flattering Millennium Theory’: Denominationalism Against Millennialism in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Crater,” in Apocalypse and the Millennium: Providential Religion and the Era of the American Civil War, forthcoming from LSU Press.
- “‘Enslaving You, Body and Soul’: The Uses of Temperance in Uncle Tom’s Cabin and ‘Anti-Tom’ Fiction,” Studies in American Fiction (Spring 2008)
Awards and Honors
- American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Digital Innovation Fellowship, for “Global Viral Texts,” 2015-2016
- Accepted Participant, Summer Institute in Digital Textual Studies, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 2015-2016
- Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2013-2016
- Outstanding Teaching Award, Northeastern University College of Social Sciences and Humanities, 2014-2015
- 5th Annual Best Article Prize (2013), ProQuest and the Research Society for American Periodicals, for “‘Taken Possession of’: Hawthorne’s ‘Celestial Railroad’ in the Nineteenth Century Evangelical Canon,” awarded January 2014
- Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2013-2016 (http://www.rarebookschool.org/fellowships/mellon/)
- Project Director and Primary Investigator, NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, “Uncovering Reprinting Networks in Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers” project, 2013-2014 (http://www.neh.gov/divisions/odh/grant-news/announcing-23-digital-humanities-start-grant-awards-march-2013)
- Northeastern University Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship, Program Theme: “Viral Culture,” 2013-2014
- DHSI Tuition Scholarship for the “Geographic Information Systems in the Digital Humanities” course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, Canada, June 2011
- Faculty Development Summer Grant, Office of Faculty Development, St. Norbert College, to support development of a new digital humanities course, Summer 2011
- Thomas J. Griffis Prize for the Best Essay by a Student Beyond the First Year of Graduate Work in English, for “‘Taken Possession of’: Hawthorne’s ‘Celestial Railroad’ in the Nineteenth-Century Evangelical Canon,” University of Virginia English Department, 2010.
- SHANTI Exploratory Cohort Fellowship, for technical training, initial design, and help implementing a digital edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Celestial Railroad” (forthcoming at celestialrailroad.org), University of Virginia, 2009-10.
- Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Grant, for startup research work for celestialrailroad.org, University of Virginia, Summer 2009
- Tane Travel Scholarship, for travel to present at the Bicentennial Poe Conference, Edgar Allan Poe Society, Philadelphia, October 2009
- Association for Computers and Humanities (ACH)
- C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
- Digital Americanists
- Modern Language Association (MLA)
- Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)
- Research Society for American Periodicals