Curriculum Vitae

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Interests

Digital Humanities, Greek and Latin Epic, Intertextuality, Oral-Formulaic Theory

Education

Ph.D in Classics, University at Buffalo, June 2014
Dissertation: “De Homeri Ingenio: Aspects of oral-formulaic composition in the Iliad
Supervisor: Roger D. Woodard

M.A. in Classics, University at Buffalo, June 2009
Project: “An application of computer-based authorship analysis techniques to the Homeric epos.”

M.S. in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University, May 2006
Thesis: “Modeling canopy transmittance using hemispherical photography, remote sensing, and geographic information systems.”

B.A. in Classics, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University, May 2004

Research Positions

Post-doctoral researcher, University of Notre Dame, 2016–present
Post-doctoral researcher (collaborateur scientifique), University of Geneva, 2014–2016
Tesserae Fellow, University at Buffalo, 2012–2014
Research assistant, University at Buffalo, 2011–2012
Research assistant, Lehigh University, 2004–2005

Teaching Positions

Instructor, Elements of Computing II, University of Notre Dame, Spring 2017
Co-instructor (intervenant), Travestissement et transgénéricité: l’Achilléide de Stace, Université de Genève, Spring 2015
Instructor, Indo-European Myth and Religion, University at Buffalo, Summer 2010
Instructor, Cicero Pro Caelio, University at Buffalo, 2010
Instructor, Introductory Latin 1–2, University at Buffalo, 2008–2009
Teaching Assistant, World Civilizations 1–2, University at Buffalo, 2006–2008
Teaching Assistant, Ecology, Lehigh University, 2006
Teaching Assistant, Geographic Information Systems, Lehigh University, 2006
Teaching Assistant, Intro Environmental and Organismal Biology, Lehigh University, 2004–2006

Books

Forstall, C. W. and W. J. Scheirer (forthcoming) Quantitative Intertextuality. Springer-Verlag.

 

Book Chapters

Coffee, N. and C. W. Forstall. (2017) “Claudian’s Engagement with Lucan in his Historical and Mythological Hexameters” in V. Berlincourt, L. Galli Milić, D. Nelis, eds., Lucan and Claudian: Context and Intertext. Winter Verlag. Pp. 255-84.

 

Articles

Rocha, A., W. J. Scheirer, C. W. Forstall, T. Cavalcante, A. R. B. Carvalho, and E. Stamatatos (2017) “Authorship Attribution for Social Media Forensics.” IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security 12(1):5–33.
[Abstract] [Preprint]
Scheirer, W. J., C. W. Forstall, and N. Coffee (2016) “The Sense of a Connection: Automatic Tracing of Intertextuality by Meaning.” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 31(1): 204-217.
[Abstract]
Forstall, C. W., N. Coffee, T. Buck, K. Roache, and S. Jacobson (2015) “Modeling the Scholars: Detecting Intertextuality through Enhanced Word-Level N-Gram Matching.” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 30(4): 503-515.
[Abstract] [Preprint]
Coffee, N., J. Gawley, C. W. Forstall, W. J. Scheirer, J. J. Corso, D. Johnson, and B Parks (2014) “Modeling the Interpretation of Literary Allusion with Machine Learning Techniques.” Journal of Digital Humanities 3.1.
[Abstract/Digital Poster]
Coffee, N., J.-P. Koenig, S. Poornima, C. W. Forstall, R. Ossewaarde, and S. Jacobson. (2013) “The Tesserae Project: Intertextual Analysis of Latin Poetry” Literary and Linguistic Computing 28(2): 221-228.
[Abstract] [Preprint]
Coffee, N., J.-P. Koenig, S. Poornima, C. W. Forstall, R. Ossewaarde, and S. Jacobson. (2012) “Intertextuality in the Digital Age.” Transactions of the American Philological Association 142.2: 383-422.
[Abstract] [Preprint]
Forstall, C. W., S. L. Jacobson and W. J. Scheirer, (2011) “Evidence of intertextuality: investigating Paul the Deacon’s Angustae Vitae.” Literary and Linguistic Computing 26 (3): 285-296.
[Abstract] [Preprint]
Forstall, C. W. and W. J. Scheirer, (2010) “Features from frequency: authorship and stylistic analysis using repetitive sound.” Proceedings of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science 1(2).
[Abstract] [Paper]

 

Presentations

Forstall, C. W. and W. J. Scheirer (2016) “‘The Lannisters Send their Regards’: Intertextual Tools and Theory in the Age of Fandom.” Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, November 11, 2016.
[Slides]
Forstall, C. W., L. Galli Milić and D. Nelis (2016) “Approaches to Thematic Classification for Latin Epic.” Digital Humanities 2016, Krakow, Poland, July 11–16, 2016.
[Abstract]
Forstall, C. W. and L. Galli Milić (2015) “Thematic features for intertextual analysis.” Digital Classicist Berlin Seminar Series, Berlin, Germany, October 13, 2015.
[Abstract, slides and video]
Gawley, J., C. W. Forstall and K. Clark (2014) “Automating the Search for Cross-language Text Reuse.” Digital Humanities 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland, July 9–11, 2014.
[Abstract]
Forstall, C. W., J. Gawley, K. Clark, and A. Miu (2013) “Two methods for discovering cross-­language text-­reuse.” 2013 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer  Science,  DePaul  University,  Chicago  IL,  December  5–7,  2013.
Forstall, C. W. and W. J. Scheirer, (2009) “Features from frequency: authorship and stylistic analysis using repetitive sound.” 2009 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science. Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, November 2009.
[Abstract]
Hargreaves B. R., C. W. Forstall, L. M. Nichols, D. P. Morris, F. J. Pazzaglia, C. E. Williamson, and R. N. Weisman. “Lake model for ultraviolet attenuation adapted to streams.” 29th Congress of the International Association of Theorectical and Applied Limnology. Lathi, Finland, August 8-14, 2004.

 

Posters

Forstall, C. W., L. Galli Milić, and D. Nelis (2015) “Beyond verbal identity: Contextual features for intertext discovery,” Humanités Numériques et Antiquité, Grenoble, France, September 2–4, 2015.
[Poster]
Scheirer, W. J. and C. W. Forstall (2014) “Euterpe’s Hidden Song: Patterns in Elegy.” Digital Humanities 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland, July 9–11, 2014.
[Poster]
Scheirer, W. J., C. W. Forstall, N. Coffee, J. Corso, D. Johnson, and B. Parks (2013) “Modeling the interpretation of literary allusion with machine learning techniques.” Digital Humanities 2013, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, July 16–19, 2013.
[Abstract] [Slides]
Coffee, N., C. W. Forstall, and J. Gawley (2013) “What is allusion? A digital approach.” Word, Space, Time: Digital Perspectives on the Classical World, University at Buffalo, April 5–6, 2013.
[Poster]
Forstall, C. W. and W. J. Scheirer (2012) “Revealing hidden patterns in the meter of Homer’s Iliad.” 2012 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. November 17–19, 2012.
[Abstract] [Poster]
Gawley, J., C. W. Forstall, and N. Coffee (2012) “Evaluating the literary significance of text re-use in Latin poetry.” 2012 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. November 17–19, 2012.
[Abstract] [Poster]
Forstall, C. W. and W. J. Scheirer (2011) “Visualizing sound as functional n-grams in Homeric Greek poetry.” Digital Humanities 2011, Stanford University, Palo Alto CA, June 19–22, 2011.
[Abstract] [Poster]
Coffee, N., J.-P. Koenig, S. Poornima, C. W. Forstall, R. Ossewaarde, and S. Jacobson (2011) “The Tesserae Project: intertextual analysis of Latin poetry.” Digital Humanities 2011, Stanford University, June 19–21, 2011.
[Abstract] [Poster]
Forstall, C. W. and W. J. Scheirer (2010) “A statistical stylistic study of Latin elegiac couplets.” 2010 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, Northwestern University, Evanston IL, November 21–22, 2010.
[Abstract] [Poster]
Forstall, C. W., S. L. Jacobson and W. J. Scheirer (2010) “Evidence of intertextuality: investigating Paul the Deacon’s Angustae Vitae.” Digital Humanities 2010, King’s College London, London, UK, July 7–11, 2010.
[Abstract] [Poster]
Forstall, C. W., S. Haight and B. R. Hargreaves. “Using ASTER Data to Quantify Riparian Canopy Area for a Range of Stream Orders in Eastern Pennsylvania, USA.” 2005 GSA NE Regional Meeting, Saratoga Springs, NY., March 2005.
[Abstract]
Haight, S., C. W. Forstall and B. R. Hargreaves. “Ground and Satellite Estimates of the Penetration of Ultraviolet and Visible Radiation Through Forest Canopy in Eastern Pennsylvania, USA.” 2005 GSA NE Regional Meeting, Saratoga Springs, NY, March 2005.
[Abstract]
Forstall, C. W., B. R. Hargreaves and L. M. Nichols. “Quantitative Modeling of DOC Transport in the Lehigh River Watershed.” 2004 Sigma Xi Regional Symposium, St. Joseph’s University, April 2004.
Nichols, L. M., C. W. Forstall and B. R. Hargreaves. “Qualitative Properties of CDOM in the Lehigh River Watershed.” 2004 Sigma Xi Regional Symposium, St. Joseph’s University, April 2004.

 

Workshops

“TESSERAE: Intertextualité et informatique.” With L. Galli Milić and D. Nelis. Humanités Numériques et Antiquité, Grenoble, France, September 2, 2015.
“Digital Textual Analysis with R for Humanists,” With J. Gawley. University at Buffalo, April 17, 2014.
[Code]
“Revealing intertextuality with Tesserae.” Lucain et Claudien face à face: une poésie politique entre épopée, histoire et panégyrique, Fondation Hardt, Vandœuvres-Geneva, Switzerland, November 8–10, 2012.

 

Invited talks

Nelis, D. C.W. Forstall and L. Galli Milić. “Exploring New Methods: 
Quantitative Approaches to Epic Intertextuality.” Exploring the Boundaries of Narrative Structures in Epic Poetry, Fondation Hardt, Vandoeuvres, Switzerland, February 4, 2017.
Forstall, C.W. and W.J. Scheirer. “Quantitative Intertextuality for Texts Ancient and Modern.” College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA, October 17, 2016.
Forstall, C.W. “Tesserae: Digital Humanities Perspectives on Intertextual Reading.” Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA, April 16, 2014.

 

Meetings organized

Généalogies et intertextualités numériques: l’atelier du Bodmer Lab #1. With R. Suciu, A. Biscéré and T. Rolland. University of Geneva, Switzerland, January 14–15, 2016.
[Program]
Intertextuality in Flavian Epic Poetry. With L. Galli Milić, N. Coffee, and D. Nelis. Fondation Hardt, Vandoeuvres, Switzerland, May 28–30, 2015.
[Program]

 

Grants

Co-applicant, “Intertextuality in Flavian Epic Poetry,” 2014–2016. Swiss National Science Foundation #160658

 

Professional Development

Hackathon: “Don’t leave your data problems at home!”, Electronic Text Reuse Acquisition Project, Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities, Göttingen, Germany, July 27-31, 2016.
Conventiculum Buffaloniense, spoken Latin workshop, University at Buffalo, June 26-28, 2013.
Conventiculum Buffaloniense, spoken Latin workshop, University at Buffalo, June 27-29, 2012.
THATCamp GTA, Ryerson University, Canada, October 21–22, 2011.

Professional Service

Referee, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security (2016, 2017)
Referee, English Text Construction (2016)
Referee, Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting (2016)
Referee, Literary and Linguistic Computing (2010, 2012)

Computing Experience

Scripting: Perl (15 years), R (10+ years), Python, JavaScript
Productivity: MS Office, Apple iWork, LibreOffice
Web development: HTML5, CSS, Tornado, Django, Perl CGI
Database: MySQL
Text-processing: XML and TEI-XML, HTML, LaTeX
Data analysis: PCA, SVMs, LDA, clustering
Version control: Git, Subversion
Virtualization: VirtualBox, Vagrant
System administration: Debian, OpenBSD, Ubuntu
Geospatial: ESRI ArcGIS, GRASS GIS, ENVI

Languages

Speaking/Writing: English, French
Reading: Latin, Ancient Greek, German