- Digital Media
- Literary and Cultural Studies
- Media Studies
- Science and Technology Studies
Lauren Klein is an assistant professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, where she also directs the Digital Humanities Lab. She received her A.B. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her research interests include early American literature and culture, food studies, media studies, and the digital humanities.
Her first book, Matters of Taste: Eating, Aesthetics, and the Early American Archive (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), explores how eating offers new ways of thinking about aesthetics in early America—and, therefore, about the philosophical work of food and its significance for the people who prepare, serve, and consume it. She is also at work on a second book about the history of data visualization.
With Matthew K. Gold, she edits Debates in the Digital Humanities, a hybrid print/digital publication stream from the University of Minnesota Press. Her writing has also appeared in American Literature, Early American Literature, American Quarterly, and Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, among other venues. She serves as co-PI on the NEH Office of Digital Humanities-funded TOME project, a tool to support the interactive exploration of text-based archives. In addition, she is a member of the executive committee of the MLA’s Digital Humanities Forum and co-head of the Americanist Board of NINES: Nineteenth-Century Scholarship Online.