Lisa Rhody

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Research Interests

  • 20th-century American literature, digital humanities, poetry, text and image studies, scholarly communication, topic modeling, data visualization


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland

Lisa Marie Rhody is Director of the Digital Humanities Research Institute and Deputy Director of Digital Initiatives at The Graduate Center, CUNY. As Director of Digital Fellowship Programs, she leads 3 cohorts of graduate students: the GC Digital Fellows, Program Social Media Fellows, and Videography Fellows who work to extend and improve the critical use of digital technologies in research and teaching. Lisa is on the faculties of the M.A. in Liberal Studies, M.A. in Digital Humanities, M.S. in Data Analytics and Visualization, and Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate programs at The Graduate Center, and serves as Director of Research Projects for the CUNY Academic Commons, an academic social network designed to support faculty initiatives and build community through the use of technology in teaching and learning. Previously, she was Associate Director of Research Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Lisa holds a Ph.D in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research, which uses computational methods such as text mining and machine learning to explore 21st century poetry, has appeared in the Journal of Digital HumanitiesDebates in the Digital Humanities 2016, and PMLA.

Courses Taught

  • MALS 75400 Introduction to the Digital Humanities
  • MALS 75500 Digital Humanities Methods and Practices


  • “Beyond Darwinian Distance: Situating Distant Reading with a Feminist Ut Pictura Poesis Tradition.” PMLA, Volume 132, Number 3, May 2017, pp. 659–667 (9).
  • “Why I Dig: Feminist Approaches to Text Analysis.” Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016. Eds. Matthew K. Gold and Lauren Klein. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.
  • “Working the Digital Humanities: Uncovering Shadows between the Dark and the Light.” with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun. differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies. Edited by Elizabeth Weed and Ellen Rooney. 25.1 April 2014 DOI: 10.1215/10407391-2419985
  • "Topic Modeling and Figurative Language." Journal of Digital Humanities. 2.1 April 2013.