About Molly

Book historian and aspiring digital literary scholar. Japanese Studies Librarian and liaison for Korean studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries; Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations. One of the founders and organizers of the Penn Libraries' WORD LAB text analysis interest community. PhD and MA in Asian Languages & Cultures (Japanese Literature/Book History), MSI in Library & Information Science, from the University of Michigan. BA in History, BS in Computer Science, from the University of Pittsburgh. Phew!

Site Guide

  • About: Me, my CV (PDF format), and this site explained.
  • Academic: Publications with preprints and copies where available; syllabus for East Asian Digital Humanities; outline of my dissertation research; full downloadable copy of my dissertation; academic presentations; programming project code and papers.
  • Guides: Annotated bibliographies and resource guides on various topics, including Japanese studies, book history, and online resources.
  • Blog: My thoughts on professional and creative concerns. Recently, something has happened to it and I apologize for the layout.
  • Photos: A prolific body of photography hosted on Flickr, spanning 15 years or so.


  • Revised and updated my bio page and CV in the About page.
  • Interviewed in Young China Watchers by my student Sarah Yu, along with my co-conspirator Brian Vivier, about the Imperial Lexiscape project we're working on. Check it out!
  • New article uploaded! I've started a publications page to contain my published articles, book chapters, etc. (Well, I only have one of each of those so far, but let's just say there might be miscellany too.) Please go check it out for a copy of my article in volume 20 (2017) of the journal Book History (preprint)!
  • Jekyll introduced. I'm now using Jekyll to generate my website, which means I can more easily modify things like the header, footer, and layout for all pages. Pretty cool. No change for the end user, though. (Even better.)
  • Please monitor @mdesjardin on Twitter.

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