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Natalie Houston

Natalie M. Houston, Ph.D.Associate Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
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    (978) 934-5278
  • Office
    O'Leary Library - 4th Floor
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Research Interests

Digital Humanities; Print Culture; Victorian Studies.


  • Ph D: English Literature, (1998), Duke University
  • MA: English Literature, (1990), University of Chicago
  • BA: Comparative Literature, (1989), University of Virginia


Natalie Houston's current research uses computational methods (including network analysis, machine learning, stylometry, and data visualization) to explore the cultural function of poetry within Victorian print culture. This research is organized into three core projects: The Visual Page as Interface examines the graphic codes of page layout; The Field of Victorian Poetry analyzes the bibliographic codes conveyed in books understood as material objects; and Understanding Victorian Poetic Style addresses the linguistic codes of poetic form. She recently directed an NEH-funded project to develop VisualPage, a software application to identify and analyze visual features in digitized printed books. She is also a Co-Director and Technical Director for the Periodical Poetry Index, a research database of citations to English-language poems published in nineteenth-century periodicals. Her research on Victorian poetry and print culture has appeared in journals such as Victorian Studies, Victorian Poetry, and the Yale Journal of Criticism. She contributes regular columns on productivity, pedagogy, and technology to the ProfHacker blog hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education.