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Devin Griffiths

Assistant Professor of English

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Phone: (213) 740-2813
Office: THH 404

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Biographical Sketch

I grew up in Albuquerque and Houston, and attended college at UT-Austin before heading east to continue my studies at Rutgers and Penn. My research examines the intersection of intellectual history, scientific literature, and the digital humanities, with emphasis on nineteenth-century British literature and science. At the center of my research is the question of how literary form shapes our experience of time and natural systems. My work on this subject has appeared in ELH, Studies in English Literature, and Book History. My first book, "The Age of Analogy: Science and Literature Between the Darwins" examines how historical novels established a new relational understanding of history and furnished a new comparative method that helped to shape the disciplinary formations of both the life sciences and the humanities. My second book project, "The Radical Catalogue," explores the science of order that organized nineteenth-century print and natural history collections to test the relation between empire and modern information technologies.



Ph.D. Literatures in English, Rutgers University, 2010
M.A. Literatures in English, Rutgers University, 2006
B.A. English, University of Texas at Austin, 2002
B.S. Molecular Biology, University of Texas at Austin, 2002

Postdoctoral Training

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 2010-2012  

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Digital Pedagogy (Stipend Included)", North Atlantic Victorian Studies Association, Roundtable/Panel, Pasadena, CA, Getty Foundation, Case Western, USC, UCSB, Invited, 2013-2014   
"Suburban James Hutton", First World Congress on Scottish Literatures, Talk/Oral Presentation, Glasgow, UK, University of Glasgow, Invited, 07/02/2014-07/05/2014  
"Deep City, Deep Time: Radical Geology in Romantic Edinburgh", International Conference on Romanticism, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Tempe, AZ, Arizona State University, Invited, 2012-2013   

Other Presentations

"Understanding Analogy: Theory and Method", ISI Natural Language Seminar, Information Sciences Institute, USC, Marina Del Rey, CA, Spring 2015   


Journal Article

Griffiths, D. S. (2013). The Comparative History of A Tale of Two Cities. ELH. Vol. 80 (3), pp. 811-838.
Griffiths, D. S. The Intuitions of Analogy in Erasmus Darwin's Poetics. Sel - Studies in English Literature Vol. 51. 2011 2011: 645-665. Print
Griffiths, D. S. Red Hot Fiction: Harnessing Maxwell's Demon in Victorian Literature. Endeavour Vol. 34. 2010 2010: 137-138. Print
Olsen, M. J., Stephens, D., Griffiths, D. S., Daugherty, P., Georgiou, G., Iverson, B. Function-based Isolation of Novel Enzymes from a Large Library. Nature Biotechnology Vol. 18. 10 2000: 1071. Print

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

Digital Archive and Multimedia Installation, "The Peries Project" is an online edition of an early-nineteenth century manuscript by the Orientalist John Leyden, produced collaboratively as part of an undergraduate honors seminar led at the University of Pennsylvania. Url:, Spring 2012   

Honors and Awards

USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, General Education Teaching Award, 2013-2014   

Service to the Profession

Conferences Organized

Program Committee Member, Panel Chair, North Atlantic Victorian Studies Association, Pasadena, CA, 2012-2013   
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