John Laudun


John Laudun is Professor of English at the University of Louisiana, where his research focuses on computational models of discourse, especially narratives, and how they cascade through socio-cultural networks both online and off. In addition to his work on folk narrative and the intellectual history of folklore studies, he has published an ethnographic study, The Amazing Crawfish Boat (University Press of Mississippi, 2016), that uses actor-network theory to understand creativity and tradition among craftsmen and farmers living and working on a Louisiana landscape. His work has appeared in a variety of academic journals and edited volumes, and he has been cited or interviewed in newspapers and documentaries. He has been a Jacob K. Javits Fellow, a MacArthur Scholar, a fellow at the EVIA Digital Archive, a fellow with the Institute on Network Studies in the Humanities, and a senior researcher at UCLA’s Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics.

Giving a talk at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Giving a talk at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


John Laudun, Department of English, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA 70504, 337-482-6906, laudun at louisiana dot edu

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Like everyone else, I am rather overwhelmed by the number of sites that seek to collect the work we do. So, while I am appear on ORCID, Publons, and [ResearchGate][], I cannot guarantee the currency of any of those listings. (That is what this site is supposed to do, and, in a different moment, those sites would aggregate a site like this using something like RSS, but that moment in the history of the internet appears to have passed.)


This site is built using and is itself open source. It is served thanks to the functionality of GitHub pages. It is built with the Python library mkdocs, which harnesses the power of Sphinx. The CSS is a modified (simplified really) version of the mkdocs theme Alabaster. The entirety of the site is available for viewing, and for download, at its GitHub repo. View, and/or use, the code at your own risk. I am still learning mkdocs and Sphinx, but, for those interested, there is also an amazing collection of MkDocs plug-ins.