Curriculum Vitae

Contact: stevenjones [at]

Employment and Education

2016-2021: DeBartolo Chair in Liberal Arts and Professor of English and Digital Humanities, Department of English, University of South Florida (retired 2021)
2000-2016: Professor of English, Loyola University Chicago; founding Co-Director, Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, Loyola University Chicago
1994-2000: Associate Professor of English, Loyola University Chicago
1988-1994: Assistant Professor of English, Loyola University Chicago

1988: Ph.D., English, Columbia University
1980: B.A., Highest Honors, University of Oklahoma

Selected Awards and Professional Service

PI, Reconstructing the First Humanities Computing Center (Level II NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant, 2017-2019, $75,000)
Participant, ARCScholar cooperative (PI, Laura Mandell, Texas A&M University, NHPRC-Mellon Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives Grant, 2018, $75,000)
Distinguished Visiting Professor, CUNY Graduate Center Advanced Research Consortium, 2014-2015, New York
Distinguished Scholar Award, Keats-Shelley Association, 2014
Founding Co-Director, Loyola University Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities (2008-2016)
Co-creator and Co-Editor, Romantic Circles website (1995-2019)
Editor, Keats-Shelley Journal (1993-2004)
Vice President, Keats-Shelley Association of America (2004-2013)
Founding Steering Committee and Executive Board member, NINES (2003-)
PI, Romantic Circles High School Project (NEH Teaching with Technology Grant, 1999-2002, $230,000)
Co-researcher, Humanities Research Infrastructure and Tools (NEH Digital Start-Up Grant, 2009-2010, PI, Peter Shillingsburg, $50,000)
Director, Digitizing the Michalak Collection (Internal research award, Loyola University Chicago, $25,000)

Teaching (Selected Graduate and Undergraduate Courses)

Introduction to Digital Humanities; Digital Humanities Project Workshop; Digital Humanities Approaches to Romantic Period Literature; Cross-Platform Frankenstein; British Literature of the Romantic Period; Textual Criticism; Media and Culture.

Publications: Books and Editions

Cell Tower, Object Lessons series. New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2020.

Roberto Busa, S.J., and the Emergence of Humanities Computing: The Priest and the Punched Cards. New York: Routledge, 2016.

The Emergence of the Digital Humanities. New York: Routledge, 2014. [Open access edition:]

Codename Revolution: The Nintendo Wii Platform. With coauthor, George K. Thiruvathukal. Platform Studies series, eds. Ian Bogost and Nick Montfort. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012.

The Meaning of Video Games: Gaming and Textual Strategies. New York: Routledge, 2008.

Against Technology: From the Luddites to Neo-Luddism. New York: Routledge, 2006.

(Ed.) The Satiric Eye: Forms of Satire in the Romantic Period. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Satire and Romanticism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000.

Shelley’s Satire: Violence, Exhortation, and Authority. Northern Illinois UP, 1994.

(Ed.) The Bodleian Shelley Manuscripts XVII: Drafts for “Laon and Cythna”. New York: Garland Press, 1994.

(Ed.) The Bodleian Shelley Manuscripts XV: The Julian and Maddalo Draft Notebook. New York: Garland Press, 1990.

Publications: Articles and Chapters

“Race and Resistance, Scorpions and Hornets in Albery Allson Whitman’s The Rape of Florida” (forthcoming).

“Cell towers have come to symbolize our deep collective anxieties,” The Conversation. August 22, 2022:

“In and Out of the Game, As Usual.” Games and Culture. July 2021. doi:

“Tangible Data: From Bits of Paper to the Cloud.” Introductory essay, Print Punch: Artefacts From the Punch Card Era. Designed and edited, Patrick Fry. London: CentreCentre, 2020:

Foreword to One Origin of Digital Humanities: Father Roberto Busa in His Own Words. Ed. Julianne Nyhan and Marco Passarotti. Springer, 2019.

“Shelley’s ‘Letter to Maria Gisborne’ as Workshop Poetry,” The European Legacy 24.3-4 (2019):

“Reverse Engineering the First Humanities Computing Center,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 12.2 (2018):

“Turning Practice Inside Out: Digital Humanities and the Eversion,” in Routledge Companion to Digital Studies and Digital Humanities, ed. Jentery Sayers. Routledge, 2018. [PDF.]

“Controller,” in Debugging Game History: A Critical Lexicon, ed. Raiford Guins and Henry Lowood. MIT Press, 2016.

“The Emergence of the Digital Humanities (as the Network is Everting),” in Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016, ed. Matthew K. Gold, and Lauren F. Klein. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [Open-access edition.]

“New Media and Modeling: Games and the Digital Humanities,” in A New Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. Susan Schreibman, et al. Blackwell, 2016.

“Mocking Monuments: The Regent’s Bomb, Satire, and Authority,” in Publishing, Editing, and Reception: Essays in Honor of Donald Reiman, ed. Michael Edson. University of Delaware Press, 2015.

“‘To go down, bound’: William Hone and the Materiality of Print Culture,” in Essays on Literature and the Arts in Honor of Carl Woodring, ed. Hermione de Almeida. University of Delaware Press, 2015.

“Politics and Satire,” in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley, ed. Michael O’Neill and Anthony Howe, with the assistance of Madeleine Callaghan. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013, 148-62.

“The Print in Regency Print Culture,” Keats-Shelley Journal 61 (2012): 74-81.

“Performing the Social Text; or, what I learned from playing Spore,” Common Knowledge 17:2 (Spring 2011), 283-91.

“Second Life, Video Games, and the Social Text,” PMLA 124:1 (January 2009), 264-72.

“Dickens on Lost: Text, Paratext, Fan-based Media,” The Wordsworth Circle, 38.2 (Winter/Spring 2007), 71-77.

“Combinatoric Form in Romantic-Period Graphical Satire,” in Romanticism and Form, ed. Alan Rawes, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

“The Significance of Electronic Poster Sessions,” Inside Higher Ed (March 30, 2006).

“The William Blake Archive: An Overview,” Blackwell’s Literature Compass, 2006. [DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-4113.2006.00331.x].

“Digital Romanticism in the Age of Neo-Luddism: the Romantic Circles Experiment,” Romanticism on the Net, 41-42 (Feb.-May, 2006).

With Neil Fraistat, “The MOO as Arcade: Minimalism, Immersion, and Literary Interpretation,” Text Technology, 13.2 (2004 [2005]).

With Neil Fraistat, “The Poem and the Network,” in John Unsworth, with Lou Burnard and Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe, eds., Electronic Textual Editing. New York: MLA, 2006.

“Nineteenth Century Satiric Verse,” chapter 19, A Companion to Satire from the Biblical World to the Present. Ed. Ruben Quintero. Blackwell, 2006.

“Satire,” in Romanticism: An Oxford Companion. Ed. Nicholas Roe, Oxford University Press, 2004.

With Neil Fraistat, “Immersive Textuality,” TEXT, Transactions of the Society for Textual Scholarship, 15 (2003), 69-82.

“Lord Byron, Multimedia Artist,” The Byron Journal, 29 (2001), 36-46.

“Net Work in the Virtual Department”, Association of Departments of English Bulletin, 127 (Winter 2001), 51-54.

“‘Supernatural, or at Least Romantic’: the Ancient Mariner and Parody,” Romanticism on the Net, 15 (August 1999).

With Neil Fraistat and Carl Stahmer, “The Canon, The Web, and the Digitization of Romanticism.” Romanticism On the Net, 10 (May 1998).

“Satire and Countersatire in Crabbe and Wordsworth,” The Wordsworth Circle, 29.1 (Winter 1998), 60-67.

“The Book of Myst in the Late Age of Print”, Postmodern Culture, 7.2 (Jan. 1997).

“The Black Dwarf as Satiric Performance,” in Romanticism, Radicalism, and the Press. Ed. Stephen C. Behrendt, Wayne State University Press, 1997.

“Material Intertextuality in Shelley’s Rough Draft Notebooks,” TEXT, Transactions of the Society for Textual Scholarship, 8, 239-47.

“Shelley’s Mask and Brecht’s Zug,” in Shelley, Poet and Legislator of the World. Ed. Betty T. Bennett and Stuart Curran. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995, 193-200.

“‘Choose reform or Civil War’: Shelley, The English Revolution, and the Problem of Succession,” The Wordsworth Circle, 25.3 (Summer 1994), 145-49.

“Intertextual Influence in Byron’s Juvenalian Satire,” Studies in English Literature, 33.4 (Autumn 1993), 771-83.

“Shelley’s ‘Love the Universe’: The Symposium and Romantic Paganism,” Keats-Shelley Journal, 42 (1993), 80-96.

“Reconstructing Romantic Satire,” American Notes & Queries (April, July 1993), 131-36.

“Apostasy and Exhortation: Shelley’s Satiric Fragments in the Huntington Notebooks,” Huntington Library Quarterly, 53.1 (Winter 1990), 41-61.

“Shelley’s Fragment of a ‘Satire upon Satire’: A Complete Transcription of the Text with Commentary,” Keats-Shelley Journal, 37 (1988), 136-63.

Publications: Selected Book Reviews

The Shadow of Death: Literature, Romanticism, and the Subject of Punishment, by Mark Canuel, Studies in Romanticism, 49.2 (Summer 2010).

Advertising and Satirical Culture in the Romantic Period, by John Strachan, The Wordsworth Circle, 39.4 (2008).

The Melancholy Android: On the Psychology of Sacred Machines, by Eric G. Wilson, The Wordsworth Circle, 37.4 (2006).

Charles Dickens in Cyberspace: the Afterlife of the Nineteenth Century in Postmodern Culture, by Jay Clayton, The Wordsworth Circle, 36.4 (2005).

Writings of the Luddites, ed. by Kevin Binfield, The Wordsworth Circle , 35.4 (2004).

Leigh Hunt: A Life in Letters, by Eleanor M. Gates, Studies in Romanticism (Fall 2002).

Parodies of the Romantic Age, ed. Graeme Stones and John Strachan, 5 vols., Keats-Shelley Journal, 50 (2001), 192-94.

The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Vol. I, ed. Fraistat and Reiman, PBSA, 95.2 (June 2001), 260-62.

Print Politics, by Kevin Gilmartin, Modern Philology (February 2000).

Selected Lectures and Presentations

Invited plenary lecture: “Busa and the Mapping of Humanities Computing,” STS (Society for Textual Scholarship) conference, Loyola University Chicago (May 28, 2022).

Invited presentation: “Where Was CAAL?,” online seminar, “One Origin of Digital Humanities: Fr. Roberto Busa in His Own Words,” Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society (January 20, 2021).

Invited presentation, “A Multispectral Digitization of Roberto Busa’s Lab,” online symposium: “Finding Home: Placemaking in the Spatial Humanities,” Equality Lab, College of William and Mary (October 23, 2020).

Invited Keynote lecture, “Digging into CAAL: Father Roberto Busa’s Center and the Prehistory of the Digital Humanities,” AIUCD 2020, Milan (January 15, 2020).

Invited lecture: “‘A New Humanism’: Expo ’58, Roberto Busa, and the First Humanities Computing Center,” Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH), The University of Luxembourg (November 6, 2019): .

Invited lecture: “The Cold War and a ‘New Humanism’: The History of the First Humanities Computing Center,” New College of Florida (September 26, 2019).

Invited presentation: “Roberto Busa, S.J.’s Literary Data Processing,” Religion and Innovation Symposium, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C. (April 12, 2019).

Invited plenary lecture: “The Digital Humanities in the Era of Ubiquitous Technology,” Inaugural Conference of the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (FLDH), University of North Florida (March 29, 2019).

Invited Visiting Scholar: “Media, Culture, and Ubiquitous Technology,” OSLEP (Oklahoma Scholar Leadership-Enrichment Program) seminar, University of Oklahoma (January 2-6, 2019).

“N-Dimensional Modeling of the First Humanities Computing Center,” on panel: “DH in 3D: Multidimensional Research and Education in the Digital Humanities,” ADHO Digital Humanities Conference, 2018, Mexico City (June 27, 2018).

Invited keynote lecture: “Reconstructing the First Humanities Computing Center: Modeling What we Don’t know,” Digital Humanities Showcase (Vitrine Humanités Numériques), University of Montreal (January 26, 2018).

“Reverse Engineering the First Humanities Computing Center,” with coauthors: Julianne Nyhan, Geoffrey Rockwell, Stefan Sinclair, Melissa Terras, ADHO Digital Humanities Conference, 2017, Montreal (August 9, 2017).

“Roberto Busa, S.J., and Humanities Computing: Complicating the Origin Story,” ADHO Digital Humanities Conference, 2017, Montreal (August 9, 2017).

Invited lecture: “Roberto Busa, S.J., and The First Humanities Computing Center.” Santa Clara University (February 6, 2017).

Invited keynote lecture: “The Digital Humanities After the Eversion,” Digital Arts and Humanities conference. Trinity College Dublin (November 18, 2016).

Invited lecture: “Reverse-Engineering the First Humanities Computing Center: A Media-Archaeology Approach,” day conference, “Instant History: Digital Humanities and Their Legacies” (with Laura Mandell, Geoffrey Rockwell, and Ted Underwood), Loyola University Chicago (September 24, 2016).

Invited lecture: “The Emergence of Humanities Computing and the Digital Humanities,” Winona State University (April 8, 2016).

Invited workshop lecture: “Roberto Busa, SJ, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a New Philology,” Center for Science and Innovation Studies, University of California, Davis (December 4, 2015).

Invited lecture: “The Emergence of the Digital Humanities and the Eversion of Cyberspace,” English Lecture Series, Purdue University, Calumet (October 5, 2015).

“The Priest and the Punched Cards: Roberto Busa, S.J., and the Emergence of Humanities Computing,” ADHO Digital Humanities conference 2015, Sydney, Australia (July 1, 2015).

Invited lecture: “The Priest and the Punched-Cards: Father Roberto Busa, S.J., and the Emergence of Humanities Computing,” Fordham University, New York (April 23, 2015).

Invited lecture: “The Priest and the Punched-Card Machines: Father Roberto Busa and the Birth of Humanities Computing,” Studio@Butler, Columbia University Digital Humanities Center, New York (February 25, 2015).

Invited lecture: “The Emergence of the Digital Humanities,” Humanities Institute, University of South Florida (January 20, 2015).

ARC Seminar: “The Emergence of the Digital Humanities,” CUNY Grad Center Advanced Research Collaboratory, CUNY, New York ((November 13, 2014).

Invited keynote lecture: “The Emergence of the Digital Humanities,” Network Detroit: Digital humanities theory and practice (September 26, 2014).

Invited keynote lecture: “The Emergence of the Digital Humanities,” Digital Humanities Forum, University of Kansas (September 12, 2014).

Visiting Scholar: “Media, Culture, and the Digital Humanities,” OSLEP (Oklahoma Scholar Leadership-Enrichment Program) seminar, University of Oklahoma (May 12-16, 2014).

Invited lecture: The Sixth Walter J. Ong Memorial Lecture: “The Eversion of the Network and the Emergence of the Digital Humanities,” St. Louis University (March 26, 2014).

Invited introductory lecture, workshop on digital humanities, MLA (Chicago, 2014).

Respondent, “Innovative Interventions in Scholarly Editing,” MLA (Chicago, 2014).

Invited lecture, “The Emergence of the Digital Humanities,” Catapult Center for Digital Humanities and Computational Analysis of Texts, Indiana University, Bloomington (November 19, 2013).

Invited lecture, “Games and the Digital Humanities,” Game Studies Research Group lecture series, “Directions in Game Studies,” University of Delaware (November 6, 2013).

Invited lecture, “The Emergence of the Digital Humanities,” Digital Humanities Summer Faculty Workshop, Northwestern University (August 6, 2013).

“The Emergence of the Digital Humanities,” Digital Humanities conference 2013, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (July 2013).

Invited lecture, “The Emergence of the Digital Humanities,” University of Illinois Chicago (November 28, 2012).

Invited Lecture, “The Emergence of the Digital Humanities,” Illinois Institute of Technology (March 14, 2013).

Roundtable, “Platform Studies,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies (Chicago, March 2013).

“The Nintendo Wii and Platform Studies,” roundtable (organized by Mark Sample, “Close Playing: Literary Methods and Videogame Studies,” MLA (Seattle, January 2012).

“Platform Studies and the Construction of Game Space,” panel: “Videogame Spaces and Posthuman Agents,” SLSA conference (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, September 2011).

“The Object of Platform Studies: The Nintendo Wii” (with George K. Thiruvathukal), Digital Humanities Conference (Stanford University, June 2011).

“The Print in Regency Print Culture,” Keats-Shelley Association Symposium (New York, May 14, 2011).

Invited lecture, “The Network is Everting: The Digital World and The Humanities,” DePaul University Humanities Center (April 12, 2011).

“The Object of Platform Studies: Relational Materialities and the Social Platform” (with George Thiruvathukal), STS (Society for Textual Studies) conference (Penn State U., March 18, 2011).

Invited Keynote lecture, “Building Communities in the Digital Age,” Oakton Community College Faculty Retreat (January 2011).

“Politics and Prints in English Romantic Poetry,” MLA (Los Angeles, January 2011).

Invited panel presentation, “Luddism and Cybernetic Revolt,” Doomsday Film Festival and Symposium, Spectacle Theater (Brooklyn, N.Y., December 11, 2010).

“Creative Engagement with Creative Works,” poster session (with George K. Thiruvathukal and Pedro Alarcon) Digital Humanities Conference (King’s College London, July 2010).

Invited lecture, “Codename: Revolution: The Nintendo Wii Platform,” GDX (Game Developers’ Exchange), Savannah College of Art and Design (April 16, 2010).

“Video Games and the Scholarly Editions of Tomorrow,” MLA (Philadelphia, 2009).

“The Social Text as Digital Gamespace,” Digital Humanities Conference 2009 (University of Maryland, June 2009).

“Performing the Social Text,” Between Text & Performance: A Multidisciplinary Conference (University of Chicago, May 2009).

“Textual Editing and Video Games; Or, What I learned from playing Spore,” Society for Textual Scholarship (New York, March 2009).

“Romantic Circles 2.0,” with Neil Fraistat, NASSR (Bologna, 2008).

“The Meaning of Video Games: A Textual Studies Approach,” Society for Textual Scholarship conference (New York, March 2007).

“Electronic Textual Editing: What’s Next?,” MLA (Philadelphia, 2006).

Co-organizer of pre-conference workshop, “Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship in the Era of Web 2.0,” NASSR (Purdue University, 2006).

“This Medium will Metastasize: Videogames and Textual Studies,” MLA (Washington, D.C., 2005).

Electronic journals poster session, “Romantic Circles Praxis Series,” MLA (Washington, DC, 2005).

“The MOO as Arcade,” ACH/ALLC conference, Göteborg, Sweden (June 2004).

“The MOO as Arcade,” special session: “Interpretive Gaming,” NASSR (New York, August 2003).

Organizer and chair, sub-plenary session, “Digital Textuality and Visual Culture” (speakers: Thomas Beller and Bradford Paley), Society for Textual Scholarship (New York, March 2003).

Organizer and chair, special session, “Digital Futures: Competing Paradigms for Computing in the Humanities;” paper: “Critical Gaming: The Third Way of Humanities Computing,” MLA (New York, 2002).

Lecture and demo. (with Neil Fraistat), “Immersive Textuality,” Harvard Area Romanticists seminar, Harvard University (19 March 2003); (with Neil Fraisat) University of Colorado Humanities Center (19 April 2002); The Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago (22 October 2001).

Panel and workshop, “Digital Romanticism,” NASSR (Seattle, August 2001).

Plenary lecture, with Neil Fraistat: “Immersive Textuality,” Society for Textual Scholarship conference (New York, April 2001).

Invited lecture, “Re-purposing Publishing: The Romantic Circles Project,” Clemson University Symposium (April 2001).

“The Spatialization of Text and the Textualization of Space: Editing the MOO,” MLA (Washington, D.C., 2000).

Networked demo., with Neil Fraistat, Paul Martin, Carl Stahmer: “Making Literary Knowledge online,” NCTE (Milwaukee, November 2000).

Invited lecture, “Lord Byron, Multimedia Artist,” BBC concert series, The Byron Centre (Nottingham, UK, October 2000).

Invited plenary lecture: “Net Work in the Virtual Department,” Association of Departments of English (ADE) Midwest, (Chicago, June 2000).

“Imagining the User: Electronic Editions on the Web,” MLA (Chicago, 1999).

Collaborative demo., with Neil Fraistat, Martha Nell Smith, and others: “Making MITH a Reality,” Digital Resources in the Humanities Conference (London, 1999).

“Historical Scholarship after Hypertext: A Steampunk Perspective,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference (Milwaukee, March 1999).

“Byron’s Satiric ‘Blues,'” MLA (San Francisco, 1998).

“Romantic Circles High School,” Digital Resources in the Humanities Conference (Glasgow, Scotland, September 1998).

Invited Lecture: “Satire and Countersatire in Crabbe and Wordsworth,” Wordsworth Summer Conference (Grasmere, England, August 1997).

“On not having the Last Word on The Last Man: an Electronic Edition,” Society for Textual Scholarship (New York, April 1997).

Respondent: “The Canon and the Web,” MLA (Washington, D.C., 1996).

Seminar: “Electronic Texts and Textuality,” NASSR (Boston, 1996).

The Black Dwarf as Satiric Performance; or, the Instabilities of the Public Sphere,” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (Baltimore, 1995).

“Modern Della Cruscans and the Scourge of Satire,” MLA (1994).

Invited lecture: “‘A Rage for Transparencies:’ Fashion and Satire in Mansfield Park,” Jane Austen Society of North America (Chicago, 1994 and Univ. Wisconsin Madison, 1995).

“Satire and the Construction of the (Un)Romantic,” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (Ontario, 1993).

Selected Media

Excerpt of Cell Tower on The Paris Review website (April 15, 2020):; discussion among Object Lessons authors on Bloomsbury Literary Studies Blog (May 7, 2020):; readings and discussion in a podcast with Object Lessons authors, via Skylight Books, Los Angeles (June 23, 2020):

Interviewed on the Unabomber, The Backstory podcast, “Man vs. The Machine” (February 22, 2019).

Interviewed by Anna Masoner for Austrian Public Radio (ORF), “’Hypertext und Soutane:’ Der Jesuitenpater Roberto Busa als Vordenker des WWW” [“Hypertext and cassock” The Jesuit priest Roberto Busa as a thought leader of the World Wide Web”], “Dimensionen” (March 7, 2018).

Quoted by Fermín Grodira, “La verdadera historia de los luditas: no era tecnofobia, era lucha de clases,” Xataka (February 21, 2017).

Quoted by Clive Thompson, “When Robots Take All of Our Jobs, Remember the Luddites,”Smithsonian Magazine (January 2017).

Interviewed for local cable TV, Calumet Roundtable, Purdue University Calumet (October 25, 2015).

Interviewed by Kashmir Hill for Forbes Online, “The Violent Opt-out: The Neo-Luddites Attacking Drones and Google Glass” (July 15, 2014):

Interviewed (on the Luddites and neo-Luddism) by Christian Möller for German Public Radio, “Technik als Bedrohung? Über alte und neue Maschinenstürmer.” Duetschlandradio Kultur (September 18, 2013).

Interviewed (with George K. Thiruvathukal) by Kevin Ohannessian, “The Social Living Room: How Nintendo’s Wii Revolutionized Gaming and What it Means for the Future of Consoles,” Fast Company’s Co.Create (June 7, 2012):

Interviewed by Scott Simon for National Public Radio, Weekend Edition. “‘The Corsair’: Lord Byron’s Best-Seller.” (February 5, 2005):