Comparative Literature, Information Science, Computer Science and Engineering
Sayan Bhattacharyya received his bachelor's degree in Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata (Calcutta) in India, and a PhD in Comparative Literature, as well as additional graduate degrees in Computer Science and in Information Science, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Until Summer 2016, he served as the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was affiliated with the HathiTrust Research Center, the research and innovation arm of the multi-institutional HathiTrust Digital Library.
Bhattacharyya's research interests in digital humanities (especially, text analysis) intertwine with his interests in postcolonial studies and in science and technology studies. In particular, he is interested in issues such as: how "big" data and "small" data can inform each other, in how text analysis at large scale can enrich close reading in both pedagogical and research contexts, and in how digital techniques can illuminate the encounter of different discursive worlds, such as those staged in colonial and postcolonial moments. His recent publications include 'A Fragmentizing Interface to a Large Corpus of Digitized Text: (Post)humanism and Non-consumptive Reading via Features,' Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 40. 1 (March 2015), co-authored with Peter Organisciak and J. Stephen Downie of the HathiTrust Research Center.