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I'm an Assistant Professor of English at Colby College. I also teach in and serve on the Advisory Board for the program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS), and teach a range of interdisciplinary courses on British literature and the Enlightenment.    

I'm a literary historian specializing in 18th-century British and transatlantic literatures, as well as literature and culture of the Enlightenment. I'm broadly interested in the capacity of literature and literary studies to help us develop and refine knowledge concepts (for example, my current work is on the role of literature in shaping the concept of "data" during the Scientific Revolution). 

My particular interests include epistemology and the organization of knowledge, science writing, the history of data, political theory, satire, fictionality, and the novel. My first book, The Politics of Quixotism, is under contract with University of Virginia Press. I am also editor of volume of essays, Science and Technology in British Literature, 1600-1800, for the Bucknell University Press Aperçus SeriesHere you can find more details about my research, including links to my peer-reviewed scholarship.

Along with my academic work, I write national media essays about politics, literature, teaching, and higher education. My essays have appeared in The New York TimesThe New Republic, The Atlantic, Salon, NBC ThinkThe Los Angeles Review of Books, Ploughshares BlogThe Chronicle of Higher Education, Academe BlogThe Huffington Post, Alternet, MSN, and others. I also write "Exegetic Rap Blog," which features playful analyses of rap music as instructive models for literary criticism and interpretation.     

I completed my doctorate in English at the University of Oxford in 2012, and hold prior degrees from Bucknell University and Dartmouth College.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, I ran Division I track and cross country at Bucknell, where I was an All-Conference and IC4A All-East selection multiple years.

Twitter: @AaronRHanlon

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