Director

Andrew Piper is director of .txtLAB, and is Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. He likes fan fiction, Netflix and the eighteenth century. His motto is, “We can test that!”

 

 

 

Research Assistants

Emilienne Greenfield is a PhD student here at McGill in the Department of History and Classical Studies, working on 16th and 17th century gardening practices in Europe and New France. She is passionate about all things plants, love learning languages, and transcribing old manuscripts. As part of the lab, Emilienne is currently working as a research assistant for the Visibility of Knowledge project.

 

 

Eve Kraicer is a recent graduate from McGill University with a BA in Cultural Studies. She is currently the Senior RA at .txtLAB. Eve’s research mainly focuses on applying intersectional feminist theory to computational and statistical analyses of texts, with the hope of better understanding how forms of power and prestige operate at the level of language. She can also solve a Rubik’s cube really, really slowly.

 

 

 

Anne Meisner (“Anne” pronounced like “on a boat”) is a third year Computer Science and Linguistics double major with an English Literature minor who makes a mean zucchini loaf! Anne’s research at .txtLAB involves natural language processing, text mining, and computational analysis. Her projects right now are focused on uncovering institutional biases in print and visual media. Outside of Sherbrooke 688, Anne likes talking about her home state of Minnesota, playing video games, and trying to keep her ferns alive. Come by the lab for a chat together over coffee!

 

 

Isabella Nikolaidas is a third-year student at McGill majoring in Linguistics with minors in Sociology as well as Computer Science. She has been working with .txtLAB since September and is very excited about continuing to deepen my understanding of cultural phenomena and biases through quantitative data analysis. Isabella loves pancakes, pranks, and when her scripts compile.

 

 

 

Vicky Svaikovsky is in her last year a McGill, completing a double major in Linguistics and in French Literature, but don’t ask her anything about French literature (she doesn’t know). She is currently working on a research project at .txtLAB called Racial Lines that aims to understand racial and ethnic representation in Hollywood films through text mining, natural language processing, computational analysis, and statistical analysis. She is interested in sociolinguistics, language acquisition, and yelling about French bulldogs.

 

 

Lisa Teichmann is a PhD student in German and part of .txtLAB at the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University. She holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Leiden University and a BA in Oriental Studies from the University of Vienna. Her research focuses on the question of how computational text analysis methods and tools can form a repository for cross-cultural comparative literary analysis. Her research interests focus on literary geography, prestige and canonicity in literary education, reading, and translational literature.

 

Project Administrator

Beata Skazinetsky recently moved to Montreal from Toronto, where she worked in the project management field for many years. When she’s not busy at work, she loves curling up with a good book and a hot cup of tea, or discovering some of the amazing restaurants that this city has to offer!

 

 

 

Cultural Advocacy Interns

In addition to our research team, we have a team of cultural advocacy and outreach interns working to uncover and dismantle the ways gender bias operates in book reviews. Find more about there work at JustReview.org

 

Trisha Iyar is a third-year Bachelor of Arts Undergraduate student studying Political Science with a double minor in Communication Studies, and World Cinema. She is passionate about discovering and developing ways in which both the political and social spheres of modernity can become inclusive spaces for all individuals through innovation and communication. As a strong feminist, Trisha pursues opportunities that promote equality amongst all individuals.

 

 

Harshita Iyer is a fourth year student at McGill with a major in economics and a double minor in gender studies and communications. Outside of school, she is involved in community organizing with local Montreal and Toronto organizations. She is interested in racial inequality in the West and hopes to continue her work in anti-racist and anti-colonial activism.

 

 

 

Caroline Macari is in her third year at McGill studying English Cultural Studies, Communication, and Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies. She grew up in Baltimore, MD, where she discovered her drive for reading, writing, and activism. She hopes to combine these passions in her undergraduate studies and later in her professional work. She also enjoys film, music, and experiencing all that Montreal has to offer.