John Shanahan earned his B.Phil. in English and Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, and his PhD in English at Rutgers University. He joined the faculty of DePaul in 2002.
His research interests include seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English literature, the history of science and technology, science fiction, and digital humanities. Recent publications include essays on Margaret Cavendish and David Mitchell. His work on the "Reading Chicago Reading" project has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. (For information about the project, visit https://dh.depaul.press/reading-chicago/)
He has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in English (2007-2010) and Director of the Graduate Program in English (2010-2015). He currently directs the Certificate Program in Digital Humanities, and is the Associate Dean & Director of Liberal Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.