The School welcomes visiting researchers in digital humanities, who benefit from our research resources and multidisciplinary scholarly community.


Jessica Borge

Jessica is an interdisciplinary researcher in the field of 20th century British History, specialising in the intersection of business, society and media, and with an interest in the Digital Humanities.

As well as being a Visiting Fellow in Digital Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, Jessica also holds a post-doctoral position with the ERC-funded “BodyCapital” project at the Département d'Histoire des sciences de la Vie et de la Santé, Université de Strasbourg, where she researches British television, film and contraception. Prior to this, Jessica was a Wellcome ISSF post-doctoral Research Fellow in conjunction with Birkbeck College, University of London. Jessica’s PhD research was also undertaken at Birkbeck, resulting in a thesis entitled 'Wanting it Both Ways’: The London Rubber Company, the Condom and the Pill, 1915-1970', currently being revised for publication as a monograph. In 2015, Jessica held AHRC IPS Fellowship with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington DC, wherein she studied the contraceptive object collection. She was awarded the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health Van Foreest Prize in the same year.

Jessica’s main research interests lie within the fields of 20th century social, business and media history (broadly defined); the history of marketing practice incorporating Public Relations; media regulation (advertising, pharmaceutical advertising); British television and film in relation to corporate and social interest (trade, advertising, publicity); comparative market cultures and the history of retailing, especially in relation to difficult-to-sell products and services. She has participated in many international conferences and in public engagement. Her time is divided between London and Strasbourg.


Federico Nanni

Federico is a post-doctoral researcher in Political Text Analysis at the Collaborative Research Centre 884: "Political Economy of Reforms" of the University of Mannheim. His research focuses on adopting (and adapting) Natural Language Processing methods for supporting studies in the Digital History and Computational Social Sciences.  

Currently, he works on developing new methods for cross-lingual topic detection, event-based collection building and ideological scaling of political texts. He holds a PhD in the History of Technology from the University of Bologna, with a dissertation focused on considering web archives as historical sources. His previous studies have been published in important Digital Humanities journals, such as Digital Scholarships in the Humanities and Digital Humanities Quarterly, as well as at relevant Computer Science conferences, such as EMNLP, JCDL and EACL.