Researcher at the Department for Literary Computing, University of Würzburg, Germany, and leader of the early-career research group Computational Literary Genre Stylistics (CLiGS).


Christof studied Romance languages, English and Psychology in Freiburg (Germany) and Tours (France). His master’s thesis was on French contemporary writer François Bon (cf. He obtained his PhD in 2008 with a study of La Description double dans le roman des Lumières 1760-1800 (binational programme Kassel / Paris IV-Sorbonne). The thesis has been awarded the Prix Germaine de Stael 2010 and published with Classiques Garnier. From 2004 to 2011, he has been a research assistant at the Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures at Kassel University (Germany). Since 2011, he is a research associate at the Department for Literary Computing at University of Würzburg, first as a researcher in the DARIAH-DE (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) inititative, since 2014 as leader of the Computational Literary Genre Stylistics group.

Areas of interests

Christof’s interests in research and teaching are located at the confluence of French literary studies and the digital humanities, especially digital editing and quantitative text analysis. He is also interested in new forms of scholarly publishing and collaboration and pleads for Open Access to publications and research data. He is an active member of the Romance Studies and Digital Humanities communities.