I am a Ph.D. candidate in English at Stanford University, studying British literature and culture in the long eighteenth century. My dissertation, tentatively titled Forms of Abstraction, explores abstraction as a set of related literary forms emerging from the burgeoning materialist culture of eighteenth-century Britain. I also work on literary geography, computational poetics and historical prosody, and the theory and methods of distant reading and the digital humanities more broadly. I have been an active member of the Stanford Literary Lab for many years, and acted as its Associate Research Director from 2011 to 2015. You can also find me on Twitter, on Github, and on Academia.edu. I update a blog here. My email address is heuser [at] stanford [dot] edu.