Erik Fredner is a Ph.D. candidate in the Stanford University Department of English, where he studies US literature and the digital humanities.

His dissertation is about the use and abuse of statistical thinking in US literature and culture.

This year, his work is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Stanford Humanities Center.

He works at the Stanford Literary Lab, a research collective that applies computational criticism to the study of literature.

He also edits the Stanford Center for the Study of the Novel podcast.