Dr. Mulligan works in the history of abstraction and the digital humanities. His work focuses on the intersections between art and science in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the question of mediation in digital humanistic work. He has been published in Oxford's Notes and Queries, and has researched and lectured on the history of anatomy in partnership with the Texas Medical Center Library, to build a life-sized electronic anatomy atlas.
Dr. Mulligan received his B. A. in English Literature from Bates College with a minor in mathematics in 2006. From 2008-2015, he pursued a Ph. D. in English Literature at Brown University, focusing on British Romantic artists' and scientists' shared aesthetic concerns regarding the problem of abstraction.
He has taught at Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, and Rice University in the Humanities Research Center and the English Department.