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Dr. Lauren Craig Tilton
Dr. Lauren Craig Tilton
Associate Professor of Digital Humanities
Data Science Advisory Board Member
Program Coordinator, American Studies

Lauren Tilton is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies and Research Fellow in the Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) at the University of Richmond. Her research focuses on 20th and 21st century U.S. visual culture. She is director of Photogrammar, a digital public humanities project mapping New Deal and World War II documentary expression funded by the ACLS and NEH, and co-author of Humanities Data in R: Exploring Networks, Geospatial Data, Images and Texts (Springer, 2015). Her scholarships has appeared in journals such as American Quarterly, Archive Journal, Digital Humanities Quarterly, and Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. Her most recent project, Distant Viewing, focuses on large scale image analysis using computer vision and is funded by an NEH ODH Level II Advancement Grant. She also serves on the Association for Computing in the Humanities (ACH) Executive Council. She received her PhD in American Studies from Yale University.

Please visit her website for more information about her research, service and teaching.
Grants and Fellowships

$50,000 “Collections As Data," funded by the Mellon Foundation: “Images as Data: Processing, Exploration and Discovery at Scale”

$100,000 National Endowment of the Humanities grant: "Distant Viewing."


Tilton, Lauren, Emeline Blevins, Luke Malcynsky and Hanglin Zhou, “The Role of Metadata in American Studies,” Polish Journal for American Studies 14 (2020): 149-164.

Lauren Tilton and Brent M. Rogers, "Introduction to Focus Issue: Collections in a Digital Age," Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals 12, no. 4 (2016): 377-380.

Lauren Tilton, "Preservation First? Re-Viewing Film Digitization," Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals 12, no. 4 (2016): 391-399.
Additional Publications
Lead co-editor of American Quarterly Special Issue “Toward a Critically Engaged Digital Practice: American Studies and the Digital Humanities."
Contact Information
Areas of Expertise
Computational/Digital Humanities
Visual Culture
Community Media
Politics of Representation