David McClure

Hello! I’m a grad student in the Social Machines group at the MIT Media Lab, where I work on projects at the intersection of NLP, sociolinguistics, and linguistic anthropology. Before MIT, I was the Technical Director of the Stanford Literary Lab, a research group in the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis that uses computational methods to study literature, history, and culture. I also managed engineering efforts at the Open Syllabus Project, a data mining project at Columbia that’s analyzing a corpus of 1M+ college course syllabi to build an empirical snapshot of what’s being taught in college classrooms. Before moving to California, I spent three years at the Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia, where I was the lead developer of Neatline, a digital map-making framework funded by the NEH and the Library of Congress. My writing has appeared in the New York Times and Literary and Linguistic Computing, and my work has been covered in Nature, Time, The Washington Post, FiveThirtyEight, Lifehacker, Business Insider, Marketwatch, QZ, Der Spiegel, The Chronicle of Higher Education, WGBH, WNYC, Edsurge, The Stanford Daily, and elsewhere.

I answer email at dclure at mit dot edu and tweet at @clured. All of my code is on Github at davidmcclure.