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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:

  • Not teaching in Spring 2017


  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 Passwords: Philology, Security, Authentication (Harvard University Press, 2018), In Babel’s Shadow: Multilingual Literatures, Monolingual States (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), and City: An Essay (University of Georgia Press, 2002), as well as recent articles on password security and machine translation, among other topics.