Research Project Manager, Penn’s Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC)
Instructor, Cinema and Media Studies
James Fiumara is a Research Project Manager at Penn’s Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) and an Instructor in the Cinema and Media Studies program. At LDC, he develops and manages research projects with a primary focus on new initiatives and alternative uses of language resources, corpus development methods, and analytic techniques. James earned an MA in Linguistics and English from Temple University (2003) and a PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania (2012). Prior to his current position, James previously worked for the LDC from 2001 to 2005 and was an assistant professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Colorado Denver from 2012 to 2016.
James’s work and research interests span across literature, film and media history, cognitive science, and natural language processing with digital humanities serving as an ideal means to bring these interests together. His goal is to continue to intertwine his work at LDC managing projects in linguistic corpus development and analysis with his interest in digital humanities. Currently, he is working on a collaborative DH project with Peter Decherney, Jehoshua Eliashberg, and Scott Enderle using text mining to analyze Star Wars fan fiction. While at Price Lab, James will begin work on another DH project using text mining and quantitative methods to analyze the language used to describe horror, mystery, and thriller genre films in trade magazine reviews and advertising during the classical Hollywood period with the goal of gaining insight into the workings of genre category formation, reception, and development over time.