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Brian Johnsrud

Co-Director of Poetic Media Lab
450 Serra Mall Bldg. 160, 4th Floor CESTA, Stanford, CA 94305-2022
Research Interests: 
Contemporary Literature, Digital Humanities, Comparative Media Studies

Dr. Brian Johnsrud is a junior researcher at Stanford University and Co-Director of the Poetic Media Lab, along with Amir Eshel.  The Poetic Media Lab is a digital humanities labs at Stanford's Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), and the lab group studies how people engage with narratives across media types in the 21st century.
Brian completed his PhD in Stanford University’s interdisciplinary Program in Modern  ought and Literature, with advising based in the departments of Comparative Literature and Communication. His dissertation, which incorporated digital methods and tools, is titled “Mediating Metaphors of the Crusader Past in the U.S. and the Middle East after 9/11.” His research asks how contemporary texts are mediated, and how that mediation affects their reception by contemporary readers. A er 9/11, for instance, numerous American novels and literary texts invoked metaphors of the Crusades to characterize the U.S.-led “War on Terror.” Brian’s work asks how historical metaphors like these are mediated across texts, genres, and mediums in ways that motivate political and social responses by targeting readers’ and audiences’ experiences of history, nationality, and identity.
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