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Research Assistant, "New Digital Methods for Understanding the Impacts of Early Women Writers on the Development of Science and Philosophy"

The WWP seeks a Research Assistant for the "New Digital Methods for Understanding the Impacts of Early Women Writers on the Development of Science and Philosophy" initiative. This project, led jointly at Northeastern’s campuses in Boston and London, is using text and network analysis to investigate the ways that women scientists and natural philosophers shaped emerging scientific and philosophical discourses in the seventeenth century.

In the first phase of the project, scheduled for fall 2024, the RA's responsibilities will be as follows:
1. Learn text encoding with TEI/XML and contribute to the WWP's efforts to expand the corpus of early modern women's scientific and philosophical writing by encoding new texts for the Women Writers Online collection. Collaborate with and begin providing mentorship for WWP student encoders.
2. Identify potential texts for a comparison corpus of works by male authors and provide recommendations for comparative analyses.
3. Research and assist with developing a plan for data visualization, network analysis, and text analysis methods to be employed as the project examines the impacts of women writers on scientific and philosophical discourse. Perform exploratory analyses and share the results on the WWP's blog.
4. Collaborate with London-based project members to share findings and set goals for data visualization and analysis.

Future phases of the project in spring and summer 2024 will involve finalizing and publishing the outcomes of the text and data analyses, as well as collaborating on a virtual public symposium on digital methods for researching early women and the sciences.

For best consideration, please submit a CV and expression of interest by June 20, 2024.

  • Location:

    The position is based in Boston and involves some in-person collaboration but most responsibilities can be performed remotely.

  • Semester:

    Fall 2024


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  • Project Title

    Women Writers Project

  • Faculty / Project Lead

    Sarah Connell

  • Project Description

    The Women Writers Project ( is a long-standing research and publication project with an international reputation for leadership in the digital humanities. Our goal is to bring texts by pre-Victorian women writers out of the archive and make them accessible to a wide audience of teachers, students, scholars, and the general reader. We support research on women's writing, text encoding, and the role of electronic texts in teaching and scholarship.

  • Qualifications Necessary

    1) Strong communication and writing skills; good organizational skills and attention to detail. 2) Interest in digital humanities and related areas. Prior experience with XML and TEI is helpful but not required. 3) Interest in early women's writing and/or the history of the sciences and philosophy. Familiarity with early women’s writing is helpful but not required.

  • Hours per Week

    10 Hour Position