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dan sinykinAffiliated Faculty | EnglishAssistant Professor


Dan Sinykin is an assistant professor of English with a courtesy appointment in Quantitative Theory and Methods. He is the author of American Literature and the Long Downturn: Neoliberal Apocalypse (Oxford University Press, 2020) and Big Fiction: How Conglomeration Changed Book Publishing and American Literature (Columbia University Press, 2023). He is also the co-founder and co-editor of the Post45 Data Collective, which peer reviews and houses post-1945 literary and cultural data on an open-access website. It addresses three problems: the lack of shared best practices for the creation of humanities data; the lack of institutional recognition for scholarly data work in the humanities; and the atomization of data that could be powerful when made public and put in conversation with related datasets.


  • Ph.D., English Language and Literature, Cornell University
  • B.A., English, Mathematics, Philosophy, St. Olaf College


  • digital humanities
  • computational approaches to literary study
  • contemporary literature
  • sociology of literature
  • publishing studies


QTM 340: Practical Approaches to Data Science with Text