CESTA has been very pleased to welcome visiting scholar Dr. David Wiggins for the past week. Dr. Wiggins has an unusual background for someone working at CESTA-- an independent scholar living in Uppsala, Sweden, Dr. Wiggins has a life-long interest in birds. He completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Oklahoma, moved to Canada to pursue his master's degree and PhD in Biology, then took a National Science Foundation Post-doc position in Uppsala working on the evolution of island birds. He then worked at the Danish Ministry of the Environment for 2 years, spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow in Africa (Namibia and Zimbabwe), then returned to Uppsala where he has since resided. There, he runs his own editing and writing company and helps team-teach a course at the Uppsala University Med School. More recently, he's been working on literary pursuits and is writing a book on the use of illustration in the English Gothic Novel 1764-1830.
While at CESTA. Dr. Wiggins worked with Dr. Mark Algee-Hewitt on digital data mining relative to book illustration and discussed other text-related digital approaches with the Literary Lab. Specifically, his week at CESTA was spent working on a manuscript on author attribution in the English Gothic novel.