Astrid Adele Giugni

Astrid Adele Giugni

Lecturing Fellow of English

External Address: 
114 South Buchanan Boulevard, Bay 9, Room A289, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708-0014

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+.


  • Ph.D., Duke University 2013
  • M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2003
  • B.S., University of California at Irvine 1999