Matthew Wilkens


Associate Professor of English
Ruth and Paul Idzik Associate Professor in Digital Scholarship

Degrees: BS, College of William and Mary; MS, University of California, Berkeley; MA, University of Wisconsin; PhD, Duke University

Specialty: Contemporary American fiction, digital humanities and computational literary studies

Matthew Wilkens works on contemporary literary and cultural production with particular emphasis on the development of the novel after World War II and on the digital humanities. His recent book, Revolution: The Event in Postwar Fiction (Johns Hopkins, 2016), combines these interests with related theoretical issues including allegory, event, and encyclopedism in the 1950s and '60s. His articles on twentieth-century literature have appeared in Contemporary Literature, New Literary History, Post45, and Cultural Analytics, among other outlets.

Professor Wilkens works extensively with new techniques of computational and quantitative cultural analysis, including literary text mining, geolocation extraction, and network analysis. His digital projects range from mapping the large-scale literary landscape of multilingual fiction to identifying novelistic genres across several centuries to evaluating the convergence of international style in the age of globalization. Professor Wilkens's computational work has been published in American Literary History, American Quarterly, Comparative Literature, Debates in the Digital Humanities, and elsewhere. He currently serves as president of the Digital Americanists society, director of the NEH-sponsored Textual Geographies project, and co-investigator on the SSHRC-funded Text Mining the Novel project.


Recent Publications


Recent Honors, Awards, and Grants

  • NEH Digital Implementation Grant, "Textual Geographies" (principal investigator, $325,000, 2016-18).
  • ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship, "Literary Geography at Scale" ($85,000, 2014-2015).
  • Notre Dame Office of Research, Faculty Research Support Program Regular Grant, "Text Mining for Large-Scale Literary Geography" ($100,000, 2014-17).
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) Partnership Grant, "Text Mining the Novel: Establishing the Foundations of a New Discipline" (co-investigator, $4.19 million, 2014-2020).
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cultural and Textual Analytics, Washington University in St. Louis (2010-2011).
  • Andrew Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Rice University (2008-2010).
  • Nebraska Center for Digital Research in the Humanities Early Career Award (2009).
  • ADHO Early Career Bursary (2009).


Contact Information
320 Decio Faculty Hall

Postal address
Department of English
356 O’Shaughnessy
Notre Dame, IN 46556