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Astrid A. Giugni, Lecturing Fellow of English and Information Science + Studies

I work in Early Modern English literature with particular focus on the prose and poetry of John Milton and on the political and nonconformist writings of the English Civil Wars and Interregnum. My work focuses on forms of rationality, on ethics, and politics. I am particularly interested in the ethics of rational action.

I teach in the English Department and the Information Science + Studies program. I am interested in the theory and ethics of the use of large scale databases in humanistic research and pedagogy. My theoretical framework is informed by Ludwing Wittgenstein, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Michael Polanyi as well as by Daniel Kahneman’s account of decision making and reasoning processes.

I am the faculty coordinator for the Rhodes Fellowship in the Computational Humanities, supported by the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke.

I help to organize the humanities projects at Data+.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  114 South Buchanan Boulevard, Bay 9, Room A289, Durham, NC 27708
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2022):

    Smith Wrhs A101, M 08:30 AM-11:00 AM
    (also cross-listed as COMPSCI 110.01, PHIL 110.01, PUBPOL 110.01)
  • ENGLISH 190S-1.01, SP TOP IN LANG & LIT Synopsis
    Crowell 106, MW 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as MATH 190S.01, MEDREN 190S.01)
Office Hours:

Tuesdays 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Virtual at:

Ph.D.Duke University2013
M.S.Massachusetts Institute of Technology2003
B.S.University of California - Irvine1999

Recent Publications

  1. Giugni, AA, “We ought to obey God rather then men”: John Rogers’s millenarian hermeneutics and legal reform in 1653, The Seventeenth Century, vol. 37 no. 3 (May, 2022), pp. 371-390, Informa UK Limited [doi]
  2. Giugni, A, The “Holy Dictate of Spare Temperance”: Virtue and Politics in Milton’s A Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 45 no. 2 (May, 2015), pp. 395-418, Duke University Press [doi]  [abs]

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