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

Associate Professor
Arts 375

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

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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