Carnegie Mellon University

Stephen Wittek

Stephen Wittek

Assistant Professor of English

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


My first book, The Media Players: Shakespeare, Middleton, Jonson, and the Idea of News was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2015. I have also published in Studies in English LiteratureDigital Humanities Quarterly, and Journal of Cognitive History. In 2014, the CBC Radio One program Ideas produced an hour-long episode showcasing my research on the co-evolution of English theatre and news culture (available for streaming or download here). From 2013 to 2017, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow for McGill’s Early Modern Conversions project, a five-year research endeavor that brought together an interdisciplinary team of humanities scholars to study the multiform proliferation of conversion and conversional representation in early modernity. My continuing work for the project includes the essay collection Performing Conversion: Urbanism, Theatre, and the Transformation of the Early Modern World, which I am co-editing with José R. Jouve-Martin for the Early Modern Conversions book series (University of Edinburgh Press). I am the co-developer with Stéfan Sinclair and Matthew Milner for DREaM (Distant Reading Early Modernity) of a database that will index 44,000+ early modern texts, thus making long-neglected material more amenable for use with tools for large-scale textual analysis.