Carnegie Mellon University

Christopher Warren

Christopher Warren

Professor of English and Associate Department Head with a Courtesy Appointment in History

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Department of English, Carnegie Mellon University, Baker Hall 259, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

Area of Study

Humanities Analytics, Literary and Cultural Studies


Active in humanities advocacy through the National Humanities Alliance, Christopher Warren is inspired by real-world humanities problems, such as funding for humanities research and access to books and archives. His research spans digital humanities, law and literature, political theory, early modern literature, print culture, and the history of political thought.

Warren's current research project focuses on "Freedom and the Press before Freedom of the Press," using machine learning and artificial intelligence to discover and center the anonymous craftsmen and -women responsible for printing controversial clandestine materials.

Warren is the author of Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680 (Oxford University Press, 2015), which was awarded the 2016 Roland H. Bainton Prize for Literature. He is a member of the MLA's executive committee for 17th-Century English, and his articles have appeared in journals including Humanity, Law, Culture, and the Humanities, The European Journal of International Law, English Literary Renaissance, and Digital Humanities Quarterly. He is co-founder of the digital humanities project Six Degrees of Francis Bacon, and a founding member of CMU's Center for Print, Networks, and Performance (CPNP). Warren also directs CMU's minor in Humanities Analytics (HumAn) and is co-convenor of the Digital Humanities Faculty Research Group.

His previous posts have included teaching positions and research fellowships at Oxford University, University College London's Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, NUI-Galway's Moore Institute, and the University of Chicago.​

Warren welcomes inquires about CMU's distinctive HumAn program and applications from potential graduate students interested in early modern studies, digital humanities, print culture, literature and political thought, and law and literature.


BA in English, Dartmouth College, 1999
MA in English, Georgetown University, 2003
DPhil English, Oxford University, 2008


Selected Undergraduate and Graduate Course Titles

Data Stories 
Law, Culture, and the Humanities
Introduction to Digital Humanities 
The Global Renaissance
John Milton: Poetry, Paradise, and Revolution
Shakespeare (Comedies and Romances, Shakespeare's Dark Plays)
Angels and Diplomats: Renaissance Poetry from Wyatt to Milton