Peter Leonard holds a PhD in Scandinavian Literature from the University of Washington in Seattle. He previously served as the Director of the Digital Humanities Lab at Yale University Library, and taught in the department of Statistics and Data Science at Yale. He was a Fulbright Fellow at Uppsala University during 2007-08, and an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar in 2014.

Current Role at Stanford

As the Assistant University Librarian for Research Data Services at Stanford Libraries, I work with teams supporting GIS, data acquisition & analysis, data curation, digital scholarship development, and the Academic Technology Specialist program.

Honors & Awards

  • Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, Aspen Institute (2014)
  • Fellow, Fulbright Program (2007-2008)

Education & Certifications

  • AB, University of Chicago, Art History (1997)
  • PhD, University of Washington, Scandinavian Studies (2011)

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Council Member, AI4LAM (2021 - Present)
  • Advisory Board, Yale-NUS Digital Historical Maps of Singapore and Southeast Asia (2019 - 2022)
  • Member, Yale-Smithsonian Partnership Advisory Committee (2018 - 2021)
  • Lifetime Member, Society of the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (2011 - Present)

All Publications

  • Foregrounding Users in Humanities-Centric Labs Designing Libraries for the 21st Century Leonard, P., DeRose, C. Association of College & Research Libraries. 2022
  • Swedish Identity and the Literary Imaginary Migration and Multiculturalism in Scandinavia Leonard, P. edited by Einhorn, E., Harbison, S., Huss, M. University of Wisconsin Press. 2021
  • Digital Humanities on Reserve: From Reading Room to Laboratory at Yale University Library DIGITAL HUMANITIES QUARTERLY DeRose, C., Leonard, P. 2020; 14 (3)
  • UK-US Collaboration for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions Leonard, P., Parry, R. UKRI - AHRC. United Kingdom. 2019


    With strategic and sustained support, the UK-US community of cultural organisations and digital scholars has the talent, energy, professionalism and collegiality to undertake worldleading research (genuinely novel, raising standards of collaborative scholarship) that can work at scale, have reach, be transformative, and ensure legacy and genuine impact on our society.

  • Word Sequence Repetition in Danish Legend Tradition Svenska landsmÃ¥l och svenskt folkliv Broadwell, P. M., Leonard, P., Tangherlini, T. R. 2017; 140
  • Text Mining and Digital Authorship: Curated Archives and Semantic Markup in the Era of Textual Big Data Textual Criticism as Analysis Method Leonard, P. Svenska vitterhetssamfundet. 2017
  • Trawling in the Sea of the Great Unread: Sub-corpus topic modeling and Humanities research POETICS Tangherlini, T. R., Leonard, P. 2013; 41 (6): 725-749