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Paul Schacht

Professor of English
Welles 222B

Paul Schacht received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and became a member of the Geneseo faculty in 1985. Schacht is interested in Victorian literature as well as digital humanities courses. In the fall of 2017, he co-taught a digital humanities course through the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges titled Into the Woods. He serves as the director of Digital Thoreau, an effort in collaboration with the Thoreau Society and the Walden Woods Project to promote scholarly and public engagement with the works of Henry David Thoreau. For more information on Digital Thoreau, follow the Twitter account, or read the story about it in USA Today. Schacht has received two Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence, one in teaching and the other in faculty service.

In addition to teaching courses, Schacht currently serves as the Assistant to the Provost for Digital Learning and Scholarship. In 2017, he organized the annual Harding Lecture at Geneseo and invited Bill McKibben to serve as the guest lecturer.

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Curriculum Vitae


  • "In Pursuit of Pickwick's Hat: Dickens and the Epistemology of Utilitarianism," Dickens Studies Annual. 40 (2009)

  • "Rowing Alone: Technology and Democracy in the Humanities Classroom," International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, 4 (2008), 61-68.

  • "The Collaborative Writing Project," in Using Wiki in Education, ed. Stewart L. Mader

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  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1997
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2007


  • ENGL 340: Lit & Lit Study in Digital Age

    Digital technology is transforming the way we produce, distribute, and study literature. Under the umbrella term "digital humanities," scholars are building electronic archives that put literary texts in historical, biographical, geographical, and other contexts; using computational tools to analyze and visualize the form and content of texts; creating new platforms for scholarly communication about texts; and trying to understand the larger cultural impact of the digital revolution. This course undertakes a close examination of all these developments while also introducing students to basic tools for digital communication, preservation, and textual analysis. Prerequisite: ENGL 203