Lauren Klein

Acting Associate Professor

Department of English

Acting Associate Professor

Department of Quantitative Theory and Methods

Office: Callaway N310

Phone: 404-727-7999


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Emory University

537 Kilgo Circle
3rd Floor

Atlanta, GA 30322


  • PhD, English, City University of New York, 2011
  • M.Phil, English, City University of New York
  • BA, Literature (English and French), Harvard University, 2000


In 2017, Dr. Klein was named one of the “rising stars in digital humanities” by Inside Higher Ed.

Klein is currently at work on two major projects: the first, Data by Design, is an interactive book on the history of data visualization. Awarded an NEH-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication, Data by Design emphasizes how the modern visualizing impulse emerged from a set of complex intellectually and politically-charged contexts in the United States and across the Atlantic. The second project, tentatively titled Vectors of Freedom, employs a range of quantitative methods in order to surface the otherwise invisible forms of labor, agency, and action involved in the abolitionist movement of the nineteenth-century United States.

Klein is the author of An Archive of Taste: Race and Eating in the Early United States (University of Minnesota Press, 2020). This book shows how thinking about eating can help to tell new stories about the range of people, from the nation’s first presidents to their enslaved chefs, who worked to establish a cultural foundation for the United States. Klein is also the co-author (with Catherine D’Ignazio) of Data Feminism (MIT Press, 2020), a trade book that explores the intersection of feminist thinking and data science. With Matthew K. Gold, she edits Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press), a hybrid print/digital publication stream that explores debates in the field as they emerge. The most recent book in this series is Debates in the Digital Humanities 2019.

Before arriving at Emory, Klein taught in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. She also directed the Digital Humanities Lab there. More information on her research and teaching can be found on her website:


Research Interests

digital humanities, data science, data studies, and early American literature