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Brian Lennon

Brian Lennon

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Director, Digital Culture and Media Initiative

416 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-6261

Office Hours:

  • Spring 2016: Tuesday 12:45-1:30 and Thursday 12:45-1:30. Appointments welcomed: use


  1. Columbia University, Ph.D. (2005), English and Comparative Literature
  2. University of Iowa, M.F.A. (1999)
  3. Wesleyan University, B.A. (1993), Philosophy

Professional Bio

I direct the Digital Culture and Media Initiative in the Department of English. I have published on topics at the intersection of computing and media, translation, multilingualism, and genre theory, with special interest in the imperial history of philology and the linguistic history of computing. I am the author of In Babel’s Shadow: Multilingual Literatures, Monolingual States (University of Minnesota, 2010), a study of literary multilingualism, and City: An Essay (University of Georgia, 2002), a suite of autobiographical fragments, as well as recent articles on password security, machine translation, and ideologies of the digital, among other topics.