Richard Jean So

Richard Jean So
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McGill University
Department of English
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Arts Building
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5 CANADA

Faculty Members
Associate Professor
Arts 375
Areas of expertise: 


Brown University (BA Literature and Economics)
Columbia University (PhD English and Comparative Literature)

Cultural Studies
Teaching areas: 

Computational and Quantitative Methods for Literary and Cultural Studies; Digital Humanities; American Literature; Asian American Writing

Taught previously at: 

Columbia University, Williams College, University of Chicago

For more information on research and publications, please visit:

Selected publications: 



Redlining Culture: A Data History of Racial Inequality and Postwar Fiction. Forthcoming, Columbia University Press, 2020.

Transpacific Community: America, China, and the Rise and Fall of a Cultural Network. Columbia University Press, 2016.


"Race and Distant Reading." With Edwin Roland. Publication of the Modern Language Association (PMLA), special issue on "Varieties of Digital Humanities," January 2020.

​"Economics, Race and the US Novel: A Quantitative History." With Dan Sinykin and Jessica Young. American Literary History (ALH), special issue on "Economics and Literature," October 2019.

​"Race, Writing, and Computation: Racial Difference and the US Novel, 1880-2000." With Hoyt Long and Yuancheng Zhu. The Journal of Cultural Analytics, January 11, 2019.

All Models are Wrong: A Response to Franco Moretti,” Publication of the Modern Language Association (PMLA). October 2017.

The Invention of the Global MFA: Taiwanese Writers at Iowa, 1963-1979.” American Literary History (ALH). Fall 2017. Volume 29, Volume 3.

​“Turbulent Flow: A Computational Model of World Literature.” With Hoyt Long. Modern Language Quarterly. Volume 77, Number 3, pp. 345-367.

Literary Pattern Recognition: Modernism Between Close Reading and Machine Learning.” With Hoyt Long. Critical Inquiry. Winter 2016. Volume 42, Number 2, pp. 235-267.

​“Literary Information Warfare: Eileen Chang, the State Department, and Cold War Media Aesthetics.” American Literature. December 2013. Volume 85, Number 4, pp. 719-744.

Network Analysis and the Sociology of Modernism.” With Hoyt Long. Boundary 2. Summer 2013, Volume 40, Number 2, pp. 147-182.

​“Fictions of Natural Democracy: Pearl Buck, The Good Earth, and the Asian American Subject.” Representations, Fall 2010, Volume 112, pp. 87-111.

​“Collaboration and Translation: Lin Yutang and the Archive of Asian American Fiction.” Modern Fiction Studies, Spring 2010, Volume 56, Number 1, pp. 40-62.

Chinese Exclusion Fiction and Global Histories of Race: HT Tsiang and Theodore Dreiser.” Genre, Fall 2008, Volume 39, Number 4, pp. 1-25

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