Katherine Elkins


About Me

I bring a cross-disciplinary perspective on AI, emotion and language to academia, industry and the public sphere

I’m an award-winning teacher and researcher whose work focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to AI, storytelling, and emotion. Director of Kenyon’s oldest interdisciplinary curriculum, The Integrated Program in Humane Studies, I’m also a Professor of Humanities and Comparative Literature and affiliated faculty in Computing. 

In 2017 I helped co-found KDH Lab and its affiliated AI Lab, a hub of interdisciplinary AI research. Since then I’ve been honored to serve as an executive board member of The Helix Center and to be recognized as an AI expert in both academic and industry settings.

With over a dozen peer-reviewed essays in leading journals, an edited book with Oxford University Press, and another book with Cambridge University Press, I continue to publish in my field even as I’ve taken on more speaking engagements and consulting work. In my most recent book, The Shapes of Stories, I leveraged the latest AI methods to develop the first robust methodology for surfacing emotional arcs in stories. I also published some of the first research on the remarkable capabilities of GPT.

I enjoy speaking to both researchers and the public about AI, natural language processing, curricular development, and the challenges facing higher education. My lectures have garnered an international audience on audible.com, and I have been featured in webinars, on podcasts, and in online streaming events.