Lauren Craig Tilton

Associate Professor of Digital Humanities, Data Science Advisory Board Member, & Program Coordinator, American Studies

Lauren Tilton is an Associate Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies. Her research focuses on analyzing, developing, and applying digital and computational methods to the study of 20th and 21st century documentary expression and visual culture. Tilton’s first book Humanities Data in R: Exploring Networks, Geospatial Data, Images and Texts built off work applying digital humanities to the study of photography for the digital, public humanities project Photogrammar (, which she directs. Her scholarship has appeared in journals such as American QuarterlyDigital Humanities Quarterly, and Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. Her work has received support from ACLS, CLIR, NEH, and Mellon Foundation, and she recently finished a stint as a researcher with the Library of Congress as a part of the Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud Initiative. Her most recent book Layered Lives: Rhetoric and Representation in the Southern Life History Project ( was just released with Stanford University Press.  She is also the co-editor of Debates in the Digital Humanities series volume on computational humanities (University of Minnesota Press) and Distant Viewing (The MIT Press), which are forthcoming. She received her PhD in American Studies from Yale University.