• Dennis Tenen

    Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature
    408c PhilosophyHall
    Office Hours:
    Tues 6-9pm

    Areas of Interest :
    Computational Culture Studies, Experimental Criticism, Media Archeology
    Biography:

    B.A. University of Michigan (2001)
    Ph.D. Harvard University (2011)

    Dennis Tenen writes and teaches in the field of computational culture studies both as in the critical study of computational culture and in the sense of applying computational approaches to the study of culture. As a scholar, a coder, and an aspiring activist, Dennis is interested in the the impact of technology on the way we think, read, and write: issues of authority, textual production, reception, influence, access, and discovery. His teaching and scholarship aim to engage the social, legal, and institutional structures that regulate the formation of knowledge and literary practice.

    A former software engineer at Microsoft and currently a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, Dennis is working to complete his first book manuscript on algorithmic imagination and has begun work on his second project on suggestion engines.

    Dennis received his doctorate in Comparative Literature from Harvard, where he taught the university’s first-ever course on digital humanities along with Jeffrey Schnapp and metaLab associates. At Columbia, he is teaching courses in the history of thought, literature, and technology (Beyond the Human, Free Culture and Open Access, Co-authorship and Cooperation), along with applied project-, studio-, and lab-based seminars (Hacking the Archive, Library Innovation). Together with colleagues from History, CS, Applied Statistics and the library he is helping consolidate and nurture a diverse community of students and scholars interested in digital humanities, data and computational social sciences. For more information, syllabi, publication list, vitae, and updates visit dennistenen.com.