Donald Sturgeon is Assistant Professor at the department of Computer Science, Durham University. From 2015-2017 he was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fairbank Center, and from 2017-2019 College Fellow in the department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, both at Harvard University. His main interests are in language, mind and knowledge in early Chinese texts, as well as Digital Sinology and the application of digital methods to the study of the language and literature of pre-modern China. He is currently working on a project titled “Big Data and Early China: Corpus-Assisted Interpretation of Classical Chinese”. He taught several graduate-level digital humanities courses including Digital Methods for Chinese Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.

He is also the author and administrator of the Chinese Text Project, the world's largest full-text database of pre-modern Chinese texts.