Hannah Alpert-Abrams

Scholarly Publishing and Digital Projects

  My scholarship includes both peer-reviewed articles and digital projects that bridge the fields of media archaeology, digital humanities, and scholarly editing. My work has focused on print and manuscript documents from the first century of Spanish colonization in Mexico. My articles consider how these documents have been refashioned by historians in the ninteenth and twentieth centuries; my digital work explores the future of scholarly editing for these colonial texts.

All of my published work is open access and available online.


Unreadable Books: Early Colonial Mexican Documents in Circulation

Comparative Literature, Summer 2017


Machine Reading the Primeros Libros [+]

Hannah Alpert-Abrams
Digital Humanities Quarterly. November 2016.

Representing the Social History of Early Modern Printed Objects

Hannah Alpert-Abrams
Scholarly Editing. May 2016.

Translating an Unreadable Novel: The Lost Steps in the United States

Pterodáctilo 11, Fall 2012

Digital Projects

The Archaeology of a Book

An experimental approach to reading rare books in archival contexts. Published with Scalar (2015). (Not reviewed)

Reading the First Books

A two-year, multi-university effort to develop tools for the automatic transcription of early modern printed books. Funded by the NEH Office of Digital Humanities (2015-2017).

Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Automatic Compositor Attribution in the First Folio of Shakespeare

Maria Ryskina, Hannah Alpert-Abrams, Dan Garrette, and Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick
Proceedings of NAACL 2016

An Unsupervised Model of Orthographic Variation for Historical Document Transcription

Dan Garrette and Hannah Alpert-Abrams
Proceedings of NAACL 2016   [slides .pdf]

Unsupervised Code-Switching for Multilingual Historical Document Transcription

Dan Garrette, Hannah Alpert-Abrams, Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick, and Dan Klein
Proceedings of NAACL 2015   [slides .pdf]

Scholarly Book Reviews

Sandro Jung and Stephen Colclough, eds. The History of the Book. Thematic Issue of the Yearbook of English Studies, no. 45.

SHARP News, Spring 2016

Book Review: Kathryn Burns, Into the Archive.

E3W Review of Books, Spring 2014.