Roger Whitson

Roger Whitson

Roger Whitson



Roger Whitson (Ph.D., University of Florida, 2008) teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in nineteenth century literature and digital technology and culture. Before coming to WSU in 2012, Roger served as a Marion L. Brittain Fellow at Georgia Tech and as an Andrew Mellon Fellow at Emory University’s Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS). His book William Blake and the Digital Humanities: Collaboration, Participation, and Social Media (coauthored with Jason Whittaker, Routledge 2012) examines Blake’s work as a social and participatory network and applies computational methodologies to understanding Blake’s persistence on social media sites like Twitter, YouTube, and Wikipedia. His publications include articles on Blake, steampunk, digital humanities, graduate politics, and digital pedagogy published in Digital Humanities Quarterly, Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN), The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Interdisciplinary Literary Studies.

Selected Publications:

  • Roger Whitson and Jason Whittaker. William Blake and the Digital Humanities. London: Routledge, 2012.
  • —. “Digital Literary Pedagogy: Teaching Technologies of Reading the Nineteenth Century.” Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. 4 (Fall 2013).
  • —. “How to Survive a Graduate Career.” Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor. 22 (2013). 58-70.
  • —. “Digital Blake 2.0.” Blake 2.0: William Blake in Twentieth-Century Music, Art, and Culture. London: Palgrave, 2011.
  • —. “Altac and the Tenure Track.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. 11 January 2013. D20-21.
  • —. “Applied Blake: Milton’s Response to Empire. Interdisciplinary Literary Studies. 9.2 (Spring 2008). 87-101.
  • —. “Panelling Parallax: The Fearful Symmetry of Alan Moore and William Blake.” ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies. 3.2 (2007).



Research Interests:

Professor Whitson’s research focuses on the adaptation of nineteenth-century literature into digital media, and how this adaptation effects the future of the English discipline. His current book project focuses on how the multimedia genre of steampunk utilizes made-objects and social media as methods of constructing alternate histories of the nineteenth century. He is also working on a special issue ofRomantic Circles focused on Blake and digital pedagogy, as well as investigating how objects constructed through digital fabrication can impact nineteenth-century literary studies.


Graduate Supervision Interests:

  • Digital humanities (text-mining, social media, critical topics in online culture)
  • Nineteenth-century British literature (William Blake, technology, media, visionary and mystical works, cultural and historical studies)
  • Steampunk (science fiction featuring Romanticism, weird fiction, steampunk fantasy)
  • Literature pedagogy (politics of the discipline, adjuncts, digital approaches)
  • Multimodal dissertations (made-objects, digital archives, databases, multimedia text)


Learn more about Professor Whitson at and follow him on Twitter @rogerwhitson