Brad Pasanek

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

427 Bryan Hall

Office Hours: On leave Fall 2023.

18th C British, Digital Humanities, Restoration

Brad Pasanek is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies. He is the author of Metaphors of Mind, A Dictionary, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2015. His overlapping areas of study include eighteenth-century literature, the digital humanities, and poetry and poetics. His research, teaching, and advising focus on literary form and intellectual history, with a developing interest in critical making and fabrication (laser cutters and 3D printing). He's at work on a new book about Josephine Miles and the pre-digital digital humanities.


Ph.D. Stanford University, 2006
B.A. University of Chicago, 1997


Metaphors of Mind: An Eighteenth-Century Dictionary, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015
Reviews: The British Society for Literature and Science (January 2016); New Criterion (January 2016); Choice (February 2016); Los Angeles Review of Books (March 2016); Eighteenth Century Studies (Summer 2016); SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 (Summer 2016); Modern Philology (August 2016); TLS (December 2016), Ariel (January 2017), Eighteenth-Century Fiction (Summer 2017), The Scriblerian (Autumn 2017), Eighteenth-Century Life (January, 2018)


Digital Projects

Recent Conferences and Presentations

  • “Unfree Direct Discourse,” ASECS, Baltimore, April 2, 2022
  • “Remediating Poetry,” ASECS, April 10, 2021 [rescheduled]
  • “The Future of Eighteenth Century Studies,” MLA, Seattle, January 11, 2020
  • “Puzzle Poetry,” Historical Poetics Conference, Austin, TX, November 10, 2019
  • Puzzle Poetry Poster, with Neal Curtis, ASECS Meeting, Denver, March of 2019
  • “Josephine Miles’s Hand Counts,” Interacting with Print Workshop, Montreal, March of 2019
  • Conference Organizer: Puzzles, Bots and Poetry, UVA, October of 2019
  • “The Poets are Cases, the Words are Variables,” Irrationality and the Contemporary Conference, U.Va., May of 2018
  • “Samuel Johnson and the Study of Philosophy,” Annual Meeting of the Johnson Society, Central Region, University of Chicago, April of 2018
  • Panel Respondent: “Metaphor and Metonymy,” ASECS Meeting, Orlando, March of 2018
  • "Puzzle Poetry," Becoming Media, Conference 2: Practices, UCLA, February of 2018
  • "Extreme Reading: The Case of Josephine Miles," English Institute, UC Irvine, October of 2017
  • "Ten Low Words (or Fewer), Millions of Dull Lines", Historical Poetics Symposium, Connecticut College, November of 2017
  • "Heaps of Heaps: Accumulating Verse," Indiana Eighteenth-Century Workshop, May of 2017
  • "Reading Like a Loser," ASECS Meeting, Minneapolis, March of 2017
  • "The Dramatic Rise of Free Indirect Discourse," Rethinking the Rise of Fictionality, UCLA, February of 2017


  • Mayo NEH Teaching Professorship, 2019-2022
  • NEH Institute, Early Modern Digital Agendas: Advanced Topics (June, 2015)
  • Moore Institute, Visiting Fellow in the Digital Humanities (May and June, 2015)
  • IATH Associate Fellowship, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016
  • Teaching award from the O.W.L. Society, for "distinguished teaching of the written word at the University of Virginia," 2014  
  • University of Virginia Teaching Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Annenberg Center for Communication, University of Southern California, 2006-2007

Professional Activity

  • Princeton Prosody Archive, Advisory Board
  • MLA Discussion Group on Computer Studies (serving 2009-2015)