Jim English is John Welsh Centennial Professor of English at Penn, Director of the Penn Humanities Forum, and Faculty Director of the Price Lab for Digital Humanities. His main fields of research are the sociology and economics of culture; the history of literary studies as a discipline; and British fiction, film, and television since the 1930s. His books include Comic Transactions: Literature, Humor, and the Politics of Community in Twentieth-Century Britain, The Economy of Prestige: Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value, and The Global Future of English Studies. He is currently completing a cultural history of attempts to quantify aesthetic quality. He served last year as chair of judges for the National Book Award for Fiction.