Date of Degree


Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name



Data Analysis & Visualization


Lisa M. Rhody


topic modeling, text analysis


The following capstone project creates a web application titled Black Women in Romance, which incorporates methods of text analysis commonly used in the digital humanities and uses an intersectional feminist approach when collecting, analyzing, and interpreting text data. Black women are underrepresented in the publishing industry and their work is often discounted due to the negative reputation that follows the romance genre. Black Women in Romance gives visibility to Black women in the genre by creating a web application with a curated catalog of romance novels written by Black women. The application is based on a topic model algorithm using 393 romance novels divided into 30 topics, which are assigned labels based on human interpretation. The intended audience for this project is readers who are interested in romance or in discovering new authors and books based on topics of interest. (23447 kB)
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