Collin Jennings

Collin JenningsAssistant Professor of English

324 Bachelor Hall


  • PhD, English and American Literature, New York University, 2015 
    BA, English, University of Texas at Austin, 2007

Research Interests

  • Textual and paratextual forms of ordering 
  • Fictionality
  • Media history

Teaching Interests

  • Eighteenth-century British literature
  • Digital humanities and text analysis

Selected Publications

  • “Of Calendars and Graphs: Transformations of the Succession Concept in British Moral Philosophy,” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation (forthcoming).
  • “Mindful Matter,” review of Metaphors of Mind: An Eighteenth-Century Dictionary by Brad Pasanek and The Mind is a Collection: Case Studies in Eighteenth-Century Thought by Sean Silver, Eighteenth-Century Life, 42.1 (forthcoming).
  • “'A Scientifical View of the Whole': Adam Smith, Indexing, and Technologies of Abstraction,” English Literary History, co-authored with Jeffrey M. Binder, Vol. 83.1 (Spring 2016). 
  • “Visibility and Meaning in Topic Models and Eighteenth-Century Subject Indexes,” Literary and Linguistic Computing, co-authored with Jeffrey M. Binder, (May 2014).

Web Publications

Grants and Awards

  • Folger Early Modern Digital Agendas Program Grant, Folger Shakespeare Library, June 2015
  • Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, New York University, 2014-2015

Work in Progress

Jennings is working on a book manuscript entitled Necessary Connections: An Enlightenment History of the Link, which traces the long media history of the “link” as it was represented in innovative eighteenth-century print devices and paratexts, ranging from the cross-references of Ephraim Chambers’s Cyclopædia (1728) to the poetic epigraphs of Ann Radcliffe’s gothic novels. He demonstrates how linguistic and medial features observed in eighteenth-century writing can be read in relation to digital forms of organizing cultural knowledge.