Carnegie Mellon University

Christopher Warren

Christopher Warren

Associate Professor of English 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


Christopher Warren's research spans digital humanities, law and literature, political theory, early modern literature, print culture, and the history of political thought.

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 HumanityLaw, Culture, and the HumanitiesThe European Journal of International LawEnglish Literary Renaissance, and Digital Humanities Quarterly. He is co-founder of the digital humanities project Six Degrees of Francis Bacon, and his current projects include work on anachronism and presentism in the history of international law, a “distant reading” of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and developing computer-assisted methods for identifying anonymous early modern printers. A founding member of CMU's Center for Print, Networks and Performance (CPNP), Warren also directs CMU's minor in Humanties 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 graudate 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


“Historiography’s Two Voices: Data Infrastructure and History at Scale in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB).” Journal of Cultural Analytics. Forthcoming. 

History, Literature, and Authority in International Law.” The Oxford Handbook to Law and the Humanities. Eds. Maksymilian Del Mar, Bernadette Meyler, and Simon Stern. Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming). 

Network Visualisations Show What We Can and What We May Know.” Aeon Magazine. June 18, 2018.

Exploring and Analyzing Network Data with Python.” Programming Historian, August 23, 2017. With John Ladd, Jessica Otis, and Scott Weingart. 

Henry V, Anachronism, and the History of International Law.” The Oxford Handbook to English Law and Literature, 1500–1700. Ed. Lorna Hutson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

To Ruin the Repairs: Milton, Allegory, Transitional Justice.” Law, Culture and the Humanities, published online before print, August 31, 2016. doi:10.1177/1743872116665341. 

Six Degrees of Francis Bacon: A Statistical Method for Reconstructing Large Historical Social Networks,” with Daniel Shore, Jessica Otis, Lawrence Wang, Mike Finegold and Cosma Shalizi, Digital Humanities Quarterly, 10.3 (July 2016).

Towards Interoperable Network Ontologies for the Digital Humanities,” with Alison Langmead, Jessica Otis, Lisa Zilinski, and Scott Weingart, International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, special issue edited by Mia Ridge and Jennifer Guiliano 10.1 (March 2016): 22-35.

Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

John Milton and the Epochs of International Law,” European Journal of International Law 24 (2013). 557-581.

Gentili, the Poets, and the Laws of War.” The Roman Foundations of the Law of Nations: Alberico Gentili and the Justice of Empire, eds. Benedict Kingsbury and Benjamin Straumann (Oxford: OUP, 2011). 146-162.

O Brave New World: Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' turns 400 tomorrow,” Op-Ed, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 31 Oct.  2011.

Hobbes’ Thucydides and the Colonial Law of Nations,” The Seventeenth Century, 24.2, October 2009. 260-286. 

Samson and the Chorus of Dissent.” Uncircumscribed Mind: Reading Milton Deeply, Eds. Kristin A. Pruitt and Charles W. Durham. Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University Press, 2008. 276-291.

When Self-Preservation Bids: Approaching Milton, Hobbes, and Dissent,” English Literary Renaissance, 37.1, Winter 2007. 118-150.

Thomas Hobbes,” in Blackwell Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature. Gen. Eds. Garrett Sullivan and Alan Stewart, Asst. Eds., Rebecca Lemon, Nicholas McDowell and Jennifer Richards.

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, Histories and Tragedies)
Angels and Diplomats: Renaissance Poetry from Wyatt to Milton