Aaron Hanlon is an Assistant Professor of English at Colby College. He also teaches in and serves on the Advisory Board for the program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS), and teaches a range of interdisciplinary courses on British literature and the Enlightenment. Aaron is a literary historian specializing in 18th-century British and transatlantic literatures, as well as literature and culture of the Enlightenment. He is broadly interested in the capacity of literature and literary studies to help us develop and refine knowledge concepts (for example, his current work is on the role of literature in shaping the concept of "data" during the Scientific Revolution). His particular interests include epistemology and the organization of knowledge, science writing, the history of data, political theory, satire, fictionality, and the novel. His first book, The Politics of Quixotism, is under contract with University of Virginia Press. He is also editor of volume of essays, Science and Technology in British Literature, 1600-1800, for the Bucknell University Press Aperçus Series. Along with his academic work, he writes national media essays about politics, literature, teaching, and higher education. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Salon, NBC Think, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Ploughshares Blog, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Academe Blog, The Huffington Post, Alternet, MSN, and others. He also writes "Exegetic Rap Blog," which features playful analyses of rap music as instructive models for literary criticism and interpretation. Aaron completed his doctorate in English at the University of Oxford in 2012, and holds prior degrees from Bucknell University and Dartmouth College.