1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Brad Pasanek

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

427 Bryan Hall

Office Hours:
M 11:30-12:30, W 12:30 - 2:00, and also by appointment.
Students can book a meeting with me at https://pasanek.youcanbook.me.
Class Schedule:

MW 3:30-4:45


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



18th C British, Digital Humanities, Restoration


Metaphors of Mind: An Eighteenth-Century Dictionary, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015


Digital Projects

Recent Conferences and Presentations

  • “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.
  • "'Various pieces inlaid': Poetry as Marquetry," ASECS Meeting in Pittsburgh, April of 2016.
  • Book Discussion: "Metaphors of Mind," Columbia University, Eighteenth Century Colloquium, March of 2016.
  • "Drawn from Dryden, Plundered from Pope," NEASECS Meeting, Hartford, October of 2015.
  • "Poetic Diction: Tokens and Change," Moore Institute, NUI Galway, June of 2015.
  • "Metaphors of Mind: An Eighteenth-Century Dictionary," Wesleyan University, 18th-Century Studies Working Group, October of 2014.
  • "Giving Back the Image of the Mind: Computational Approaches to 'Propriety' in Eighteenth-Century British Literature," Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Workshop on Metaphor in NLP, June of 2014.
  • "The Enlightenment Index," University of Michigan Latour Colloquium, December of 2013.
  • "Mining Literature," UVACSE Summit: Big Data 2, University of Virginia, May of 2013.
  • "Das Publikum: Some Assembly Required," co-authored with Chad Wellmon, Rewriting the Eighteenth Centuries, a Symposium at U.Va., March 2013.
  • "The Enlightenment Index," University of Michigan, Latour Colloquium, December of 2013.
  • "How Soliloquy Became Thinkable," Faculty Lecture Series, U.Va., April 2013.
  • "Figurative Empiricism: The Matter of Metaphors for Mind," ASECS meeting in Cleveland, April 2013.


  • 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
  • Dissertation awarded the Alden Prize for most distinguished dissertation in the Department of English, 2006
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, 2005-2006
  • Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellowship, 2004-2005
  • Doctoral Fellowship, English Department, Stanford University, 2000-2004
  • Undergraduate thesis awarded the David Blair McLaughlin Prize for Creative Writing, 1997

Professional Activity

MLA Discussion Group on Computer Studies (serving 2009-2015)

Associate Director, 18thConnect