Matthew J. Lavin is a Clinical Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Digital Media Lab.
He earned a PhD in English from the University of Iowa in 2012. He completed a master’s degree in American studies at Utah State University in 2006 and a bachelor’s degree at St. Lawrence University in 2002. His dissertation, “Collaborative Momentum: The Author and the Middle Man in U.S. Literature and Culture, 1890-1940” examines the supportive and adversarial relationships among authors, agents, editors, publishers, and other literary go-betweens that helped construct modern authorial credibility.
From 2012 to 2013, Lavin served as a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. From 2013 to 2015, he was Associate Program Coordinator for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Initiative “Crossing Boundaries: Re-Envisioning the Humanities for the 21st Century” at St. Lawrence University. His current scholarship focuses on the intersection of digital humanities, book history, and U.S. literature.
Recent Publications include:
“Stylometry and Collaborative Authorship: Eddy, Lovecraft, and ‘The Loved Dead’.” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (formerly Literary and Linguistic Computing (LLC)). Co-authored by Alexander Gladwin, Matthew Lavin, and Daniel Look. July 2015. Peer Reviewed.
“Material Memory: Willa Cather, ‘My First Novels [There Were Two],’ and The Colophon: A Book Collector's Quarterly.” Studies in the Novel, Special Issue on Willa Cather and the History of the Book. Fall 2013. Invited and reviewed by Editor.