James E. Dobson, Ph.D.

James E. "Jed" Dobson is Lecturer of English, Writing, and Liberal Studies at Dartmouth College. He also has an appointment as a Data Scientist in Dartmouth’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in English with a minor in Literary Theory from Indiana University. He is the author numerous articles and book chapters on grid computing, scientific workflows, and methods for neuroimaging as well as theoretical accounts of the nineteenth-century phenomenological experience of time, early twentieth-century autobiography, the campus novel, and machine learning and the digital humanities. He has conducted research and written on major literary authors including Mark Twain, Lucy Larcom, Ambrose Bierce, and Shirley Jackson. He is presently team-teaching an edX Massive Open Online (MOOC) course on nineteenth-century American literature called “The American Renaissance” with his colleague Donald E. Pease.

Amy Hunt (MALS Student)

Amy’s thesis, “Not Your Typical Prose: Documenting Software,” is a comprehensive code study on code documentation. Her research concerns the separation of code from its documentation that she argues mirrors the separation of methodology and interpretation as found in the various methodologies found within the digital humanities. Her thesis takes as its founding question the necessity of this split within both the practice of coding and the theory of critical code studies. She uses this division as the motivation to ask a series of related questions: What are the ideological investments within the field of programming that have rendered documentation secondary and marginal? What strategies might be used to unite documentation and code? Is the standardization of documentation practices a useful goal?