Brad Pasanek

Mayo NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor

427 Bryan Hall

Office Hours: Tuesday, 2 to 4:45pm and by appointment at
Class Schedule: MW 2:00 - 3:15, 3:30 - 4:45

18th C British, Digital Humanities, Restoration


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

  • 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
  • “Josephine Miles and the Pre-Digital Digital Humanities,” Early Modern Digital Agenda Meeting, Folger Library, May of 2016.
  • “How Soliloquy Became Thinkable,” Novel Knowledge, Stanford University, May of 2016.
  • “‘Various pieces inlaid’: Poetry as Marquetry,” ASECS Meeting, Pittsburgh, March of 2016.
  • Book Discussion: "Metaphors of Mind," Columbia University, Eighteenth Century Colloquium, March of 2016.


  • 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)