Gabi Kirilloff

Department of English



Interests: Digital Humanities, New Media Studies, and American Literature


Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of English (in Digital Humanities/Big Data), TCU, 2018-present.

  • Coordinator for the University of Nebraska’s Literary Lab, fall 2014-spring 2018.

  • Assistant Editor for the Willa Cather Archive, fall 2013-spring 2018.

  • Contractor for Apple Inc., spring 2015-spring 2017.

  • Assistant Editor for the Walt Whitman Archive, spring and summer 2014.

  • Assistant Editor for the William Blake Archive, fall 2012-fall 2013.



PhD, English Literature, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2018.

Dissertation: “‘This, reader, is no fiction’: The Rhetorical Uses of Readerly Address in the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Novel”

Committee Chairs: Kenneth Price and Matthew Jockers


Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, fall 2015.


MA, English Literature, University of Rochester, August 2013.


BA, English Literature, University of Pittsburgh, April 2012.




  • Core Investigator for TCU Inclusive Excellence Grant, “Podcast Action Research: Exploring the State of Anti-racist, Justice-oriented, Culturally Sustaining Graduate Study Post-Pandemic,” 2021-2023. ($8,400

  • PI for TCU Instructional Development Grant for “How Video Games Reflect and Impact the Real World," spring 2019-spring 2021. ($5,000)

  • Involved in the inception and completion of an NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant for The Complete Letters of Willa Cather, fall 2014-fall 2017. ($271,980)

  • Graduate Student Representative for Novel TM Grant: A Multi-University Digital Humanities Initiative, fall 2014-spring 2018. ($1,800,000)


In Progress

  • PI for NEH Digital Advancement Grant, “Text and Metadata Analysis and Visualization of Author

Correspondence: The Letters of Willa Cather,” rejected and encouraged to resubmit 2020. ($40,000)


Awards and Honors

Department teaching award, TCU, spring 2020.


Jean Giles-Sims Wise Woman Award Nominee, TCU, spring 2019, spring 2020, spring 2021.

(Student nominated award for teaching that embodies feminist values.)


Women Who Code Appreciation Award, on behalf of Digital Humanities Interest Group, 2019. 

(Award honoring community partners for collaborating with WWC, a national nonprofit that promotes empowering minorities in tech).


University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s English Department Nominee, Outstanding Graduate Research

and Creative Activities Award, 2018.


Best poster presentation, “Mapping Imagined and Experienced Places: An Exploration of the Geography of Willa Cather’s Writing.” Digital Humanities 2016. With Emily Rau.



  • University of Nebraska Teaching Assistantship, fall 2013-spring 2018.

  • University of Nebraska Digital Scholarship Incubator Fellowship, summer 2016.

  • University of Nebraska Othmer Fellowship, fall 2013-fall 2016.

  • Digital Humanities Summer Institute Tuition Scholarship, summer 2014.

  • University of Pittsburgh Brackenridge Research Fellowship, summer-fall 2011.



Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

“Computation as Context: New Approaches to the Close/Distant Reading Debate.” College Literature, accepted, forthcoming 2022.


“New Centenary Essays Roundtable: Edith Wharton’s The Age of InnocenceThe Edith Wharton Review, accepted, forthcoming 2022. With Arielle Zibrak, Hildegard Hoeller, Virginia Ricard, Shelia Liming, Shari Goldberg, Carol Singley, Margaret Toth, Nir Evron, Sarah Blackwood, and Margaret Jay Jessee.


“Interactive Fiction in the Humanities Classroom: How to Create Interactive Text Games Using Twine.” The Programming Historian, accepted, forthcoming 2021.


 “From a distance ‘you might mistake her for a man’: A Closer Reading of Gender and Character Action in Jane Eyre, The Law and the Lady, and A Brilliant Woman.” DSH: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, May 2018. Primary author. With Peter Capuano, Julius Fredrick, and Matthew Jockers.

“Understanding Gender and Character Agency in the 19th Century Novel.” The Journal of Cultural Analytics, Genre Cluster, 2016. With Matthew Jockers.


“Exploring the Intersection of Public and Private Authorial Voice in the Works of Willa Cather.” DSH: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, DH Special Issue, 2015. With Laura Dimmit, Chandler Warren, and James Wehrwein.


Essay Collections and Book Chapters

“Questioning Archival Memory Using The Sojourner Truth Project.” The Feminist Playbook: Practical Instructions for Intersectional Pedagogy, ed. Jessica McKee. New York: Routledge, accepted, forthcoming 2022.


“Making Feminist Games in the Gender Studies and Literature Classroom.” Teaching Games and Game Studies in the Literature Classroom, ed. Tison Pugh and Lynn Ramey. London: Bloomsbury, accepted, forthcoming 2022.


 “Having Your Cake and Eating it Too: Subversive Game Mechanics in the Portal and Fatal Frame Franchises.” Feminist War Games, ed. Jon Saklofske. New York: Routledge, December 2019.

“‘You must tell me just what to do’: Action and Characterization in Wharton’s The Age of Innocence.” The Age of Innocence: New Centenary Essays, ed. Arielle Zibrak. London: Bloomsbury, November 2019.


“Geospatial Approaches to Reading and Teaching My Ántonia.” In The Country of Lost Borders: New Critical Essays on My Ántonia, ed. Stéphanie Durrans. Nanterre: University of Paris Press, 2017. 73-87. With Emily Rau.


Digital Publications

“Dear Reader.” GitHub. January 2021.


“First Day in the Office.” July 2021.


Works in Progress:

Book proposal: Keeping the Reader Close: A Data Driven Examination of Narrative Discourse.


Editorial project: The Collected Works of Harriet Beecher Stowe: Dred, Oxford University Press. With Sarah Robbins and Barbara McCaskill.


Essay: “Theorizing with Data: Comparative, Computational Approaches to Teaching Sherlock Holmes.” Approaches to Teaching Sherlock Holmes, Tom Ue. New York: MLA. With Jong-Keyong Kim, proposal under review.


Essay: “The Ties that Bind: Masculinity, Motherhood, and American Nationalism in Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding.”

Reviews and Resources

Invited co-author and scholarly advisor for Jane Eyre entry in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism. New York: Gale, forthcoming.


“Teaching With Digital Humanities.” A review essay for Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, August 2020.



Panels and Presentations

“Computation as Context: New Approaches to the Close/Distant Reading Debate.” MLA. Seattle, WA. 2020


“An Infinitude of Associations: Computational Approaches to the Rhetoric of Punctuation.” MLA. Seattle, WA. 2020


Panelist and Panel Chair, “Computationally Examining Gender at Scale.” Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science. Chicago, IL. 2018.


“The Rhetorical Uses of Reader Address in the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Novel.” Digital Humanities. Mexico City, Mexico. 2018.


Panelist, “The Complete Letters of Willa Cather: Creating A Major New Resource for the Study of Willa Cather.” Willa Cather International Seminar. Pittsburgh, PA. 2017. With Andrew Jewell, Melissa Homestead, Kari Ronning, Emily Rau, and Lori Nevole.


“Digital Approaches to Mapping the Great Plains.” Great Plains Symposium. Lincoln, NE. 2017.


“Mapping Imagined and Experienced Places: An Exploration of the Geography of Willa Cather’s Writing.” Digital Humanities. Krakow, Poland. 2016. With Emily Rau.


“Who’s Doing What?: Examining The Relationships Among Subjectivity, Agency, and Syntax In The 19th Century Novel.” Digital Humanities. Krakow, Poland. 2016. With Jonathan Cheng.


“Understanding Gender and Character Agency in the 19th Century Novel.” International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature Conference. Chicago, IL. 2016.


“Inanimate Agency in the Gothic Novel.” Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference. Lincoln, Nebraska. 2016. With Jonathan Cheng.


“A Sincere Performance: Situating Cather in the 20th Century Culture of Personality.” Willa Cather Spring Conference. Red Cloud, NE. 2016.


“Editing Blake’s Chaotic Interface: Digital Approaches to William Blake’s The Four Zoas.” The Joint Conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship and the Association for Documentary Editing. Lincoln, NE. 2015.


“Imagined and Experienced Places: a Geographical Mapping of the Locations in Willa Cather’s Letters.” The Willa Cather International Seminar. Lincoln, NE. 2015.


"Virtual Equality: Gendering the Gaming World." Women’s Week. Lincoln, NE. 2015. With Kiyomi Deards, Megan Vokal, Karin Dalziel, Jonathan Cheng, and Emily Price.


“Exploring the Intersection of Public and Private Authorial Voice in the Works of Willa Cather.” Digital Humanities. Lausanne, Switzerland. 2014. With Laura Dimmit, Chandler Warren, and James Wehrwein.


“Materiality, Ownership, and the Desire for Textual Possession in Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves.” Reading Then and Now. Charlottesville, VA. 2014.


“Exploring Speech in Russian Fairy Tales.” Midwest Slavic Conference. Columbus, OH. 2012.


Invited Talks

“Getting Started with Born Digital Scholarship.” TCU. Fort Worth, TX. February 12, 2021


“Big Data and the Humanities.” Tarrant County College. Fort Worth, TX. Feb 14, 2019.


 “What’s the Big Deal about Big Data?” TCU. Fort Worth, TX. March 29, 2019. 



University Courses

  • TCU, Archival Scholarship, ENG 60133

  • TCU, U.S. Women’s Writing II, ENG 40563

  • TCU, Digital Approaches to Textual Problems, ENG 30873, ENG 50973

  • TCU, Intro to Digital Humanities, ENG 30970

  • TCU, Intro to Women’s Writing, ENG 20623

  • TCU, Writing Games, ENG 20303

  • TCU, Intro to Fiction, ENG 10103

  • UNL, Intro to Digital Humanities, ENG 278

  • UNL, Intro to Women’s Literature, ENG 215

  • UNL, Rhetoric as Inquiry, ENG 150

  • U Pitt, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Computational Methods in the Humanities

  • U Pitt, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Russian Fairy Tales


Outside the Classroom

  • Workshop organizer and instructor, NTX Gaming Symposium Twine Workshop 2021

  • Workshop organizer and instructor, Women Who Code Game Design Workshop 2020

  • Workshop organizer and instructor, Women Who Code Data Analytics Workshop 2019 Instructor for UNL’s Digital Humanities Bootcamp, spring 2014 and 2016

  • Assistant Instructor for Brown University’s XSLT Workshop at the Women Writers Project, 2012




  • Undergraduate Studies Committee, English Dept., fall 2020-spring 2021

  • Planning Committee, NTX Gaming Symposium, fall 2019-spring 2021

  • Search Committee, TCU Honors College, Associate Professor in Game Studies, 2019

  • Faculty Advisor for the Digital Humanities Interest Group, TCU, 2018-present

  • Participant/Volunteer for No Quarters Gaming Lab, TCU, 2018-present

  • TCU Budget Committee, TCU, 2018-2019

  • Treasurer and founding member of the Digital Humanities Student Association, UNL, 2016-2018

  • Graduate Student Representative for the DH Curriculum Committee, UNL, 2016-2018

  • Organizer for the UNL Digital Humanities Boot Camp, 2016-2018



  • Steering Committee, Turtle Island Games Collection, fall 2020-present

  • Invited Reviewer for Language and Literature, fall 2020-present

  • President of Watershed: an independent blog of Critical Theory, 2017-2018

  • Contributor to Watershed: an independent blog of Critical Theory, 2015-2018


Programming Skills

  • XML, TEI, and related technologies including: XPath, XSLT, and SVG

  • Ruby

  • R

  • Schematron and Relax NG Schema Language

  • Web design tools including: HTML, JavaScript, and CSS 

  • Content systems including: WordPress, Google Pages, Wix, Drupal, and GitHub

  • Geographic Information Systems including: ArcGIS and QGIS

  • Inform7 and Twine

  • Markdown


Professional Development

  • TCU Hybrid Certification Training, summer 2020

  • TCU Writing Boot Camp participant, spring 2019, spring 2020

  • Coding Club participant, spring 2019