Louise Seaward joined the Bentham Project in 2015 where she initially worked on the edition of Bentham’s writings on political economy and jurisprudence. Since January 2016, she has been the coordinator of the scholarly crowdsourcing initiative Transcribe Bentham. Transcribe Bentham is now part of the Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents (READ) project. Funded by the EU, this project aims to make archival material more accessible by training computers to read handwritten historical manuscripts. Louise teaches on the LLM module: LAWSG021/21A Jeremy Bentham and the Utilitarian Tradition.
Louise completed her PhD at the University of Leeds where she wrote her thesis on censorship in late eighteenth-century France. Aside from Bentham and digital humanities, her research interests lie in the political and cultural history of ancien régime France and the history of the book.