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Andy Janco the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Haverford College. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in Russian History.  He is a co-founder and current officer with SlavicDH, the ASEEES affiliate organization for the Digital Humanities.   
Current projects of interest:
Developing a scholarly research application for the more than 400,000 diary entries collected by Prozhito.
Network analysis of short fiction and poetry from Zhurnal'nyi zal.  
Workshop on the spaCy natural language processing library at DH Budapest. 
TEI2spacy Python library to simplify the loading and saving of the TEI documents for analysis with NLP models using spaCy.    
Translations with Olga Livshin in Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine. Brighton, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2018.
“’Unwilling’: The One-Word Revolution in Refugee Status, 1940-1951” Contemporary European History, Vol . 23, No. 3 (August 2014): 429-446.
“KVN: Authenticity and Improvised Comedy in the Soviet Union, 1957-1971” in Rob Turncock and Peter Goddard editors, Popular Television in Authoritarian Europe. Manchester: University of Manchester Press, 2013.
“Training in the Amusements of Mars: Peter the Great, War Games and the Science of War, 1673-1699” Russian History/ Histoire Russe, 30, nos. 1-2 (Spring-Summer 2003): 35- 112.

Introduction: Aaron Thompson

Aaron Thompson has been a PhD student in the Slavic Languages & Literatures department at the University of Virginia since 2018.  His research interests include Russian and Polish cultural and intellectual history between 1850 and 1925, particularly the interaction between literature, philosophy, and religion, the history of the Russian Orthodox Church, digital Humanities tool development for distance reading, and second language pedagogy, particularly with the aid of digital tools.  

Personal past and ongoing projects include:  F. Tiutchev's Legacy in the Philosophy and Inspired Literatures of the Slavophiles , the Mysticism of V.S. Solov'ëv in Blok's Modernist Poetry,  The Orthodox Reaction to Bolshevism and the Soviet State, The Cultural Imaginations of Architects of Soviet State Apparatus (DH),  Virtual Reality in the L2 Classroom 

Before coming to Virginia, Aaron lived in Almaty, Kazakhstan while managing a small educational consulting business.  He received his undergraduate degrees in Russian and anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2015.  In his free time, he rides his motorcycle, listens to podcasts, and works to improve his knowledge of various natural, programming, and webdev languages. 

Aaron is happy to be a part of the Russian NLP team with Stanford organizers and collaborators from around the world. He looks forward to contributing to the important BookNLP for Russian project as a way of developing the DH and NLP presence in the Russosphere. 



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