Matthew J. Lavin

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Where is the North Country?

Posted on Wednesday December 10, 2014

For the past few weeks I’ve been working on Twitter API text and data mining, usually within the context of getting myself better prepared to support my colleague Stephen Barnard and his “Twitter and Society” sociology seminar next Spring. Longterm, we’re interested in analyzing tweets about Ferguson, but one of my first experiments was a […]

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Text Mining Twitter with Python’s Tweepy

Posted on Monday October 27, 2014

Tweepy is a library for handling Twitter API requests in Python. The reasons to use Tweepy are manifold. A few of these reasons include: Using a package or library is easier than writing a script from scratch, and doing so in Python is particularly easy. (Easy = more time to focus on the substance of […]

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An Object-Oriented jquery Animation Approach

Posted on Wednesday October 22, 2014

I spent a bit of time yesterday wrapping some jquery animation code in an object oriented structure, so I thought I would post a sample version. My ultimate goal with this is to create javascript that: 1. Creates a div with a class and a unique id 2. Styles that div with CSS, including a […]

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About Me

As you may have gathered from the rest of this site, my name is Matthew Lavin. I'm the Associate Program Coordinator of an initiative at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY titled “Crossing Boundaries: Re-envisioning the Humanities for the 21st Century.”

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My scholarly interests include American authorship, book technologies, book history and digital broadly, computational methods and humanities data, open access and copyright, and digital pedagogy.

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My teaching interests include American literature courses with strong book historical and digital humanities themes. In the semesters to come, I'd like to teach general courses on technologies of the book and/or the digital age. I've also taught antebellum and postbellum American literature surveys, Native American literature, introduction to rhetoric, and literature for non-majors.

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A collection of links related to coding, digital humanities practice, the humanities in the 21st-century, and more.

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In this section of my site, I plan to post open source datasets associated with my scholarly work. In particular, I'm eager to share information about my ongoing efforts to develop scalable way to convert and cobble together useful book historical data in digital form.

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About This Site

Posted on Monday September 16, 2013

My latest site redesign began with a decision to split the main page architecture from the existing WordPress blog install. I migrated the blog to, and set up a series of static pages for information about my research, teaching, etc. For the blog portion of the site, I installed a fairly well known minimalist […]

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