Elise Thorsen


My research in digital humanities deals with computational methods for enabling corpus-scale analysis of unprocessed Russian verse texts, including at the structural level. Published work on this subject can be found at “Meter, Rhythm, and Rhyme” (http://poetry.obdurodon.org, co-authored with Dr. David J. Birnbaum). I earned my Ph.D. in Russian Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, where my dissertation, “"Territory and Empire in Early Soviet Poetry," examined the global spatial implications of revolution and the legacy of imperial colonialism in interwar Soviet civic poetry. I currently combines language and area-studies expertise with metadata-driven analysis in open-source advanced analytics projects.