Postdoctoral Fellow at the Neukom Institute for Computational Sciences and the Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College
Allen Riddell is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Neukom Institute for Computational Sciences and the Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College. His research explores the use of modern statistical methods in the analysis of large collections of texts with the goal of examining and supporting claims made by scholars in the humanities and allied social sciences. His primary area of research is the sociology of literature; he is currently finishing a project on the history of the novel which makes use of the texts of a representative sample of the 2,900 novels published in the British Isles between 1800 and 1836 (https://novels.io). Riddell is involved in several collaborations where the methodological challenge of collecting and nalyzing large collections of texts figures prominently. With scholars at Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia Law School, he is working on a project which uses the text of ca. 100,000 judicial decisions to make visible the evolving relationship between the US Supreme Court and US Federal Circuit courts since 1950. Riddell received his MS in Statistics and his PhD from the Program in Literature at Duke University in 2013.