I specialize in media theory, digital humanities, and nineteenth-century British literature. My research investigates how the Nineteenth Century is adapted, remediated, and transmitted into more contemporary art and digital media. I’ve specifically looked at this phenomenon by exploring the adaptation of William Blake and by investigating the alternate history reconstruction of the Victorian Period in steampunk. I also occasionally write about digital pedagogy.


I received my MA in English from St. Louis University and my PhD at the University of Florida. I also held postdocs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and at Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Library.

Other Publications

Selected Publications

Steampunk and Nineteenth-Century Digital Humanities: Literary Retrofutures, Alternate Histories, Media Archaeologies. London: Routledge, 2016.

William Blake and the Digital Humanities: Collaboration, Participation, and Social Media. Co-authored with Jason Whittaker. London: Routledge. Hardback, 2012. Paperback, 2015.
Reviews: Laura Mandell. Studies in Romanticism. 53 (2014); Frances Ferguson. SEL: Studies in English Literature. (2014); Whitney Anne Trettien. Blake/ An Illustrated Quarterly. 49.4 (2016); Mark Greenberg. Review19. 02 February 2014.

“Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, and the Difference Engine.” BRANCH: Britian, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga. Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. Expected Publication Spring 2017.

“How to Theorize with a Hammer, or Making and Baking Things in Steampunk and the Digital Humanities.” Like Clockwork: Essays in Steampunk. Eds. Rachel Bowser and Brian Croxall. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota Press. Expected Publication Fall 2016.

Andrew Burkett and Roger Whitson. “Blakean Pedagogy: An Introduction to Blake and Pedagogy.” Romantic Circles Pedagogy Commons. <https://www.rc.umd.edu/pedagogies/commons/pedagogical_blake/pedagogies.pedagogical_blake.2016.intro.html&gt;.

“There is No William Blake: @autoblake’s Algorithmic Condition.” Essays in Romanticism. 23.1 (2016): 69-87.

Anastasia Salter and Roger Whitson. “Comics and the Digital Humanities: Introduction to Comics as Scholarship.” Digital Humanities Quarterly.

“Steampunk Anachronisms: Queer Histories of the Digital Humanities.” Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge. 28. <http://rhizomes.net/issue28/whitson/index.html&gt;.

“Critical Making in the Digital Humanities.” Introducing Criticism in the Twenty-First Century. Second Edition. Ed. Julian Wolfreys. Edinburgh: U of Edinburgh Press. 157-77.
Review: Forum for Modern Language Studies. 51.4 (2015).

“Digital Blake 2.0.” Blake 2.0: William Blake in Twentieth-Century Art, Music and Popular Culture. Eds. Steve Clark, Jason Whittaker, and Tristanne Connolly. New York: Palgrave. 41-55.
Review: Grant F. Scott. Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly. 47.4 (2014).


“Critical Making in Digital Humanities Webinar Series.” Webinar series about Critical Making via WSU’s Blackboard Connect. Presenters include Lori Emerson, Matt Ratto, Kari Kraus, Garnet Hertz, Amaranth Borsuk, and Jentery Sayers. <http://www.rogerwhitson.net/critical-making/?page_id=2&gt;.

“Critical Making in Digital Humanities Digital Archive.” Co-edited with Dene Grigar (2013-2014). Archive of Critical Making projects from around the country. <http://www.rogerwhitson.net/critical-making/?page_id=128&gt;.

@autoblake. Twitter bot that computationally remixes the poetry of William Blake. <http://www.twitter.com/autoblake&gt;.
Reviews: Leonardo Flores. I Love E-Poetry; Sarah Jones. Blake House: Goings-On At the Blake Quarterly.

Tweeting #OWS: Emory’s Archive of Occupy Wall Street Tweets. Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. Website and data analysis of tweets from Occupy Wall Street. <http://disc.library.emory.edu/ows&gt;.

The Blake 2.0 Cloud. Co-authored with Jason Whittaker. Blog posts, social media analysis and digital domain for my William Blake and the Digital Humanities book. <http://blake2.org&gt;.

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