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Anna Preus (she/her)

Assistant Professor
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Contact Information

PDL B-426
Office Hours: 
Tue: 1-2 [virtual: email for link] or by appointment


PhD, English, Washington University in St. Louis, 2021
BA, English, Carleton College, 2011

I study early 20th-century literature in English and data science in the humanities. I am especially interested in how historical print cultures are being transferred online through large-scale text digitization efforts and in how digital resources can help us tell new kinds of stories about literary history. My current project, Publishing Empire: Colonial Authorship and British Literary Production, 1900-1940, examines the production histories and printed forms of texts by authors from areas colonized by Britain, tracing the marketing efforts surrounding their works from small, fine-press editions at the turn of the 20th century to mass-market paperbacks at the beginning of the Second World War. I am also at work on a digital edition of Hope Mirrlees’s modernist long poem Paris, and a related piece on depictions of imperial failure in Post-WWI metropolitan capitals. At UW, I lead the new Humanities Data Lab, and I also serve as core faculty in the Textual Studies program and as a Data Science Fellow with the eScience Institute. My research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation, and the Mozilla Foundation, and my work has appeared or is forthcoming in Feminist Modernist Studies, ELH, Modernism/modernity Print+, and the edited collection Expressive Networks: Poetry and Platform Cultures.