James Lee

Contact Information

James Lee
Position Assistant Professor, Digital Humanities and
Early Modern Literature and Culture
Co-Director, Digital Humanities / Digital Scholarship Center
Office Location McMicken Hall Room 229D
Email lee6jj@ucmail.uc.edu
Phone (513) 556-3183
Fax (513) 556-5960
Mail Location 0069


James Lee

James Lee, Assistant Professor


School Degree
Cornell University     BA
University of California, Berkeley    PhD 

Professional Summary

My research and teaching focus on Renaissance literature and culture (including Shakespeare and Milton) and the digital humanities. I also serve as the co-director of the Digital Humanities / Digital Scholarship Center, hosted in the UC Libraries.

My first book, under contract with Northwestern University Press, is entitled "The Two-Soul’d Animal": The Poetics of Faculty Psychology in Early Modern England. In it, I illuminate the problem of the multiple conflicting models of the soul defining the human in Renaissance literature and science.

My second project is a book-length digital history of Renaissance globalism, race, and geography entitled "Mapping a Global Renaissance with 53,829 Texts." It weaves together multiple digital methods including network analysis, topic modeling, and mapping to tell a new story of how Renaissance England began to imagine its place in a global frame of trade and diplomacy in 50,000+ texts of the era.

The newest prototype of our "Linked Reading" framework underlying the Global Renaissance project can be found at: http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/linkedreading

The first version of the Global Renaissance project’s visualizations can be found at: http://www.renaissanceglobe.com

My work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Studies in Philology (2016), New Literary History (2013), Digital Humanities Quarterly (forthcoming), an edited collection entitled Globalization and Spatial Scale (forthcoming), and by the Korea Foundation (2012). My earlier research on the molecular mechanism of cleft lip and palate has been published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (2001).

My research has been supported by the University of Iowa’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Andrew W. Mellon Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry grant, Grinnell College’s Innovation Fund, Grinnell College’s Data Analysis and Social Inquiry Lab, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Intel Corporation.