Lindsay Thomas's research and teaching focus on the contemporary US literature, cultural studies, and the digital humanities. She is the author of Training for Catastrophe: Fictions of National Security after 9/11 (University of Minnesota Press, 2021), which focuses on how fiction shapes contemporary national security. From 2017-2021, she was co-director of WhatEvery1Says, a multi-institutional public humanities project funded by the Mellon Foundation that used computational text analysis to examine public discourse on the value of the humanities on a large scale. Her scholarship and writing have appeared in journals such as American Literature, the Journal of Cultural Analytics, Daedalus and more. She is currently working on a history of “solutions” to the problem of novelistic length since the mid-20th century.
- Contemporary literature and culture
- Data collection and curation in the humanities
- Computational text analysis
- Digital media
- Sociology of literature