Portrait shot of Christof Schöch. Image credit: Stefan Büdenbender.

Christof Schöch is Full Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Trier, Germany, and scientific Co-Director of the Trier Center for Digital Humanities. He is vice president of the Digital Humanities Association for the German-speaking area (DHd), president of the Constituent Organization Board (COB) of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) and co-editor of the Journal of Computational Literary Studies (JCLS). 


Digital Humanities, Computational Literary Studies, French Literature, Linked Open Data, Open Science, Reproducibility


Christof Schöch studied Romance languages, English and Psychology in Freiburg and Tours. His master’s thesis was on French contemporary writer François Bon (cf. In 2008, he obtained his PhD in French Literature 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 has been published with Classiques Garnier.


From 2004 to 2011, Christof Schöch has been a research assistant at the Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures at Kassel University. From 2011 to 2017, he has been 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, then as leader of the Computational Literary Genre Stylistics group. In 2017, he received the offer to join Trier University as Full Professor of Digital Humanities.

Areas of interests

Christof Schöch’s interests in research and teaching are located at the confluence of French literary studies and Digital Humanities. His methodological focus is on Computational Literary Studies (quantitative and statistical methods of text analysis, building of digital textual resources). In terms of materials, he is focusing on French Classical and Enlightenment drama as well as on the modern and contemporary French novel. He is also interested in digital forms of scholarly publishing and collaboration, pleads for Open Science practices in the Humanities and is interested in legal concerns and reproducibility relevant to the Digital Humanities. He is an active member of the Romance Studies and Digital Humanities communities.


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