Buying the news

Buying the news

We have a new piece out in the journal, New Media and Society, by lead author and lab student, Benjamin LeBrun, on the effects of hedge fund ownership on local news coverage. We were inspired to start this project by a piece that appeared back 

The difference Queer FanFic makes

The difference Queer FanFic makes

Fanfic isn’t all about sex. It’s about connection. Two students in our lab, Nikoo Sarraf and Jennifer Chen, have a new lab collaboration paper out that explores the way queer fanfiction differs from mainstream publishing. As they write in their introduction: Fanfiction is a powerful 

Modeling Minor Literature

Modeling Minor Literature

In a recent publication with Matt Erlin, we tested Pascale Casanova’s claim in The World Republic of Letters that literatures associated with minor languages will be more overtly nationalistic in order to gain attention on the world literary stage. We show that despite Casanova’s thesis 

Measuring Bias in Literary Classification

Measuring Bias in Literary Classification

I have a new paper out with former student Sunyam Bagga for the latest proceedings of the Joint SIGHUM Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, Humanities and Literature (LatechCLFL). For those who are working on computational text analysis of historical documents I 

Let’s talk about debiasing books – Webinar

Let’s talk about debiasing books – Webinar

As part of BookNet Canada‘s on-going webinar series, I recently held a webinar on using data analytics to “debias” books. A lot of discussion has begun in publishing with respect to increasing the diversity of publishers’ lists. The issue is often seen as one that 

Are you genre fluid? A new collaboration on Spotify by Cheng Lin and Benjamin LeBrun

Are you genre fluid? A new collaboration on Spotify by Cheng Lin and Benjamin LeBrun

A new student collaboration is out. It’s called “Streaming Bias: studying music curation on Spotify” and represents the lab’s first attempt at studying online music content. Lin and LeBrun did an amazing job in conceptualizing the project and working tirelessly from data collection to analysis 

Are academics more unequal than athletics? A new collaboration by Brian Powell

Are academics more unequal than athletics? A new collaboration by Brian Powell

Our latest lab collaboration was created by McGill undergraduate Brian Powell. As a college basketball fan, he was interested in whether the high levels of institutional inequality within academic publishing and hiring that we have been seeing would also hold true within college athletics. Did 

Let’s talk about debiasing books

Let’s talk about debiasing books

This March I will be giving a talk at BookNet Canada’s TechForum. The topic is “debiasing” books and I’ve posted a short blog post to get the conversation started. Discussions of bias, and cultural bias in particular, have been much in the air lately. A