PhD, English. University of Missouri (2009)
MA, Writing Women in Great Britain and North America, 1740-1835. Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York, England. (2006)
BA, English. Bryn Mawr College (2003) cum laude with departmental honors
"very long" eighteenth century (1660-1835), history of the book, print and manuscript culture, adaptation, closure and endings, correspondence, narrative theory, trans-generic interactions (particularly the drama and the novel). olfactory language and spaces, in the 18th century and today.
Methodologies: digitally-inflected, including the creation of databases with linked open metadata.
Long Eighteenth-Century British and American Literature, Women's Writing/Writing about Women, History and Future of the Book, History of the Novel. Digital methods in all courses, Active Learning classroom practitioner.
Reading Smell in the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Bucknell University Press 2016)
"Becoming Catherine Morland: A Cautionary Tale of Manuscripts in the Archive" Persuasions 39 (2018).
“Considering Johnson’s ‘Nose of the Mind’ and Mind’s Nose: Olfaction Deployed and Suppressed in the Age of Johnson.” For Revision and Reappraisal: New Essays on Johnson and His Circle. Anthony Lee, Ed. University of Delaware Press.
Co-Editor (with Devoney Looser) Special Issue of Romantic Circles Pedagogy on Teaching Austen. Co-wrote introduction and includes single-authored essay on “Teaching Austen in the Literary Marketplace” (2014)
“‘Bad Smells’ and ‘fragrance’: Reading Mansfield Park Through the Eighteenth-Century Nose.” Persuasions Online, December 2014.
"Austen among the fragments: Understanding the Fate of Sanditon" in a special issue of Women's Writing on "Rethinking Influence, 1680-1830" edited by Jennie Batchelor. (Volume 20, Issue 1, January 2013)
“Schools Beyond Scandal: Contextualizing The School for Scandal, 1732-1800" for Impresario: Richard Brinsley Sheridan in Political And Cultural Context, edited by Dan Ennis and Jack DeRochi (Bucknell University Press 2012)
“Sir Charles Grandison's Never-Ending Story: Richardson, Closure, and the Rise of the Novel" Studies in English Literature 1500-1900. (Summer 2012)
"Wanderer’s End: Understanding Burney’s Approach to Endings." The Burney Journal 10. (2010)
“Remarks on Richardson: Sarah Fielding and the Rational Reader," Eighteenth-Century Fiction (Spring 2010, issue 22:3)
“‘To such I cannot write’: Fielding’s Instructive Reader Portraits,” in Masters of the Marketplace: British Women Novelists of the 1750s, edited by Susan Carlile. Bethlehem: Lehigh University Press, 2010.
“Am I A Romanticist? My Department Can’t Decide.” Keats-Shelley Journal, "200 Years, 50 Voices" special issue (2019)
"Amateur Manuscript Fiction in the Archive: An Introduction." For After Print, (Ed. Rachael King). University of Virginia Press 2020.
(With Chase Bringardner and Lindsey Doukoupolos) "Performing Frankenstein in the South: Sex, Race, and Science Across the Disciplines" for Adapting the Eighteenth Century: Pedagogies and Practices Eds. Kirsten Saxton and Sharon Harrow (University of Rochester Press 2020)
“Must Anonymous Be a Woman? Gender and Anonymity in the Archives” (Special Issue on “Women in Archives” for Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature Winter/Spring 2021)
"Ownership, Copyright, Ethics of the Unpublished" in Access, Control. and Dissemination in Digital Humanities (Routledge)
"'Is It Thursday Yet?" Narrative Time in Critical Role" in Essays on Transmedia Storytelling, Tabletop Role-Playing, and Fandom, Eds. Jennifer Grouling & Stephanie Hedge (Studies in Gaming Series, McFarland & Co.)
“Eluding Print: Manuscript Fiction and the Survival of Scribal Practices in the Age of Print” Special issue of Huntington Library Quarterly by the Women in Book History Research Group, 2020.
“Novel Knowledge, or Cleaning Dirty Data: Towards Open-Source Histories of the Novel,” Data Visualization in Eighteenth-Century Studies. (Essay accepted, collection under review at Routledge)
“Austen Among the Amateurs” for Jane Austen: The Novels at 200. Kerry Sinian, Ed. (Collection under review)
Work In Progress
Manuscript Novels 1760-1900 (database)
A Literary History of Alternative Circulation in the Age of Print (monograph)
"‘Critical Reception up to 1900." Daniel Defoe in Context, Eds. George Justice and Albert J. Rivero. Cambridge University Press. (Essay Due September 2020)
“Using Digital Methods to Introduce Students to Archival Work” (for ABO: Aphra Behn Online)
“The Authorship of Smell” (article)
“The Strange Afterlife of Austen’s Cancelled Chapters of Persuasion” (article)
Other Public Writing
“Manuscript Fiction in the Archive,” The Eighteenth-Century Common. June 8, 2016.
(With Derek Ross) “Back to our roots: Digital humanities and the history of the book.” Auburn Speaks 2015.
"Sarah Fielding." Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of British Literature, 1660-1789. (2000-word entry, submitted)
“The history of the novel as glimpsed through Chawton’s manuscripts.” The Female Spectator. Autumn 2009, Vol 13. No. 4.
"Controlling Vocabulary: The Language and the Silences of Archival Practice" Kean University, April 4, 2019.
“How to Study Anonymous: Manuscript Fiction in the Age of Austen” English-Speaking Union of Atlanta. September 27, 2018.
Women in Book History 1660-1832 Research Group Symposium (Folger Shakespeare Library, March 2019)
"Eluding Print: Manuscript Fiction and the Survival of Scribal Practices in the Age of Print" Women in Book History 1660-1832 Research Group Symposium (Vancouver, August 2018)
“The Death and Afterlife of Austen and Staël: Sanditon and Corinne from those who loved them" Jane Austen Society of Atlanta, December 2017.
"Novelties: New Directions in Long 18th Century Fiction Studies and DH" Plenary Roundtable with Marta Kvande and Laura Mandell, November 16, 2017.
“Manuscripts and Metadata: Recovery through Reorganization.” Keynote, University of Tulsa Graduate Conference, October 2017.
"Manuscript Fiction in the Archive: Database and Introduction to Examples in the Mendenhall Collection." Presentation to Early Novels Database Group, University of Pennsylvania, July 2, 2016.
“What We Talk About When We Talk About Smell.” University of Missouri Department of English Colloquium Speaker, Columbia, MO. October 24, 2014.
“Considering Johnson’s ‘Nose of the Mind’.” Samuel Johnson Society of the Central Region. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. April 4, 2014.
"Penning Perfume." George Washington University. February 21, 2014.
"Reading Smell in the Eighteenth Century" University of West Georgia, GA. October 24, 2013.
"On Beyond Endings: Sarah Fielding's Reader Education." As Chawton Visiting Research Fellow. Chawton House Library, Chawton, Hampshire, UK, 11 February 2009.
Panelist [on future of Digital Humanities and 18th Century Studies], "Presidential Session: Innovating the Next Fifty Years of ASECS" American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. St Louis, MO, March 2020.
Roundtable Participant [On 18thConnect and Peer Review], “Reviewing #C18dh Scholarship” [Digital Humanities Caucus] American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. St Louis, MO, March 2020.
"Quick Start to creating metadata for 18thConnect.org" (Workshop) International Congress on the Enlightenment, Edinburgh July 2019.
"The Accidentally Anonymous" in “Absence in the Archives: New Methods for Representing Exclusion” [Bibliographical Society of America] American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Denver, CO, March 2019.
Participant, "Plugging into Eighteenth-Century Studies: From C18-L, ECCO, and MOOCs to Instagram, Vimeo, and Scalar” (Roundtable) American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Denver, CO, March 2019.
“Never-Published Fiction and Retelling the History of Genre" “New Theories and Histories of Eighteenth-Century Genre” (Roundtable) American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference. Orlando, FL, March 2018.
“Manuscripts and Metadata: Taxonomizing Manuscript Fiction in the Age of Print.” Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference. Philadelphia, PA. October 2017.
“Jane Austen, Fangirl: Austen among the Amateur Authors.” Jane Austen Society of North America Annual General Meeting, Huntington Beach, CA. October 2017.
“Was it published? Is it fiction? The case of Piozzi’s Una and Duessa.” British Association for Romantic Studies Conference. York, UK. July 2017.
“Gifts of Love: an 1824 manuscript translation of Corinne.” Chawton De Stael/Austen Conference. July 2017.
“Archiving Anonymous.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century-Studies. Minneapolis, MN. March 2017.
“Manuscript Fiction and Case Law: Coterie Circulation in the Age of Print.” States of the Book Conference at the United States Military Academy, West Point. September 2016.
Chair/Organizer, “Rethinking the Academic Conference.” (Workshop) American Society for Eighteenth-Century-Studies. Pittsburgh, PA. March 2016.
"Performing Frankenstein in the South: Sex, Race, and Science Across the Disciplines" “Adapting the Eighteenth Century: Pedagogies and Practices” American Society for Eighteenth-Century-Studies. Pittsburgh, PA. March 2016.
“Reading between distant and close, or, how to work with grubby data" American Society for Eighteenth-Century-Studies. Pittsburgh, PA. March 2016.
“Smelling Women.” Aphra Behn Society Conference, Seton Hall, NJ. November 2015.
Roundtable Participant, “Books and the Larger World of Objects in the Long Eighteenth Century.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century-Studies. Los Angeles, CA. March 2015.
Roundtable Participant, “Women’s Caucus at Forty.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century-Studies. Los Angeles, CA. March 2015.
"'Bad smells’ and ‘fragrance’: Reading Mansfield Park Through the Eighteenth-Century Nose.” Jane Austen Society of North America. Montreal. October 9-12, 2014.
"Considering Johnson's 'Nose of the Mind'" Samuel Johnson Society of the Central Region. Columbus, OH. April 4-5, 2014.
"One Scent Three Ways: Sulfur in the Eighteenth Century." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Williamsburg, VA, March 2014.
Roundtable Participant, "Wormius in the Land of Tweets: Archival Studies, Textual Editing, and the Wiki-Trained Undergraduate." (Society for History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing panel). American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Williamsburg, VA, March 2014.
Roundtable Participant, "Teaching the Eighteenth-Century History of the Book." East-Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Philadelphia, PA. November 2013.
“Running to the Smelling-Bottle: Scented Objects in Women's Fiction” Chawton House Conference on Women’s Writing. Chawton House Library, UK, July 4-6, 2013
"Recovering Landmarks of Scent in the Eighteenth-Century Novel" American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Cleveland, OH 2013.
Roundtable Participant, “Teaching Jane Austen in Emerging Contexts” Modern Language Association. Boston, 2013.
Chair, “Teaching Jane Austen in Challenging Circumstances” Modern Language Association. Boston, 2013.
“’The Art of Making Art’: The Power of Money in Adaptations of Jane Austen On (and Off-Off-Off) Broadway” (with Chase Bringardner, Department of Theatre). Jane Austen Society of North America Annual General Meeting. Brooklyn, NY, October 6-7, 2012.
Chair/Organizer, “Reading Richardson in Mid-Century” (Richardson Society Roundtable) American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, San Antonio, TX 2012.
Roundtable Participant, "Across Media, Across Genres: Methodologies for Comparing the Novel and the Theater” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vancouver, BC, 16-19 March 2011.
Roundtable Participant, "From Dissertation to Publication” (Women’s Caucus Roundtable) American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vancouver, BC, 16-19 March 2011.
Chair/Organizer, “Richardson's Corpus: New Research” and “Richardson's Corpus: New Research Working Group” (for Samuel Richardson Society) American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vancouver, BC, 16-19 March 2011.
Chair/Organizer, "Recovering the Performed Eighteenth Century." (Roundtable) East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Pittsburgh, PA, November 4-6, 2010.
"Text, Playtext, Promptbook: The Intersecting Lives of Scott's Guy Mannering" East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (EC-ASECS), Pittsburgh, PA, November 5-6, 2010.
Sanditon's Journey: The Fate of Austen's Final Fragment in Context" British Women Writers Conference. College Station, TX April 8-11, 2010.
"When a good end is hard to find: backmatter, indices, and novel endings" American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Albuquerque, NM. March 18-21, 2010.
Chair/Organizer, “Age of Burney: A Roundtable” (for Frances Burney Society) American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Albuquerque, NM, 27-9 March 2010.
"Sacred Taboos: Mary Brunton's Posthumous Packaging" East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (EC-ASECS), Lehigh University, October 8-11, 2009.
"Cataloguing "The End" -- Reconsidering Closure and the Rise of the Novel" American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Richmond, VA, March 27-9, 2009
Roundtable Participant (with Janine Barchas, Deidre Lynch, and Peter Sabor), “Historicizing Jane Austen” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Richmond, VA, March 27-9 2009
Chair, "Beginnings and Endings: Locating Boundaries, Crises, and Turning Points in the (Very Long) Eighteenth-Century" (as Graduate Caucus Co-Chair) American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Richmond, VA. March 2009.
"Jane Austen: End or Beginning?" Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) Chicago, IL, October 4, 2008
Chair, "Richardson in the Twenty-first Century: A Roundtable" and "Beyond Clarissa: Sir Charles Grandison in Conversation" (for Samuel Richardson Society) American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Portland, OR March 28-9, 2008.
“Identification Reconsidered: Beyond Sympathy in Eighteenth-Century Novels” South-East American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SE-ASECS), Auburn, AL, February 15, 2008
"Napoleon on the Margins: Creating an End To the Revolution” Midwestern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (MW-ASECS), Kansas City, MO, October 12, 2007
"Life's Endings: Seeking Closure in Burney's Court Diaries" Young Researchers Panel, UK Burney Society, Windsor, UK, July 7, 2007
"Wanderer’s End: Understanding Burney’s Approach to Endings" Frances Burney Society, Tucson, AZ, October 26, 2006
"Beyond Sentimental: Conflicted Sympathies In Late Georgian Comic Opera" Aphra Behn Society Conference, Daytona Beach, FL, October 30, 2005
"Schools Beyond (and Before) Scandal: Situating The School for Scandal” English Graduate Conference. University of York, York, UK, June 18, 2005
"Text, Playtext, Promptbook: The Covent Garden Promptbook edits of Guy Mannering, 1815-1834" Eighteenth-Century Post-Graduate Seminar. University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, May 28, 2005
At Auburn University
"Manuscript Fiction: An Introduction." Pebble Hill, 2016.
Invited Speaker, “The Deserted Village.” Discovering Auburn Lecture. April 9, 2014.
“Teaching Jane Austen In The Literary Marketplace.” Conversations in Celebration of Teaching. September 20, 2013.
“Reading Smell in the Eighteenth-Century Novel.” Auburn Research Week Faculty Forum. April 3, 2012.
Invited Speaker, “Reading Smell in the Eighteenth-Century Novel.” Auburn English Graduate Association Colloquium. March 31, 2012.
Invited Speaker, Auburn Preparing Future Faculty. December 1, 2011.
Invited Speaker, Auburn English Graduate Association (EGA). October 12, 2011.
Invited Speaker, "Conferencing and Publishing Early in Your Graduate Career.” Auburn Department of English MA Practicum. February 24, 2010.
Invited Speaker, “Eighteenth-Century Women.” Auburn Honors College Congress, February 15, 2010.
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography, Houghton Library, Harvard University (2018-19)
Chawton House Library, August 2016.
Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University. September 2012.
Winterthur Museum and Library. (also first alternate for one-semester NEH Research Fellowship) (declined)
Chawton House Library, February-March 2009.
“Scholarly Editing: Principles & Practice.” Rare Book School. Charlottesville, VA. June 2017.
Folger "Embodied Senses" Symposium. May 2017.
“Digital Approaches to Bibliography and Book History.” Rare Book School. Charlottesville, VA. July 2016.
“Digitizing the Historical Record.” Rare Book School. Charlottesville, VA. June 2016.
“Teaching the History of the Book.” Rare Book School. Charlottesville, VA. July 2014.
(with Isaiah Thomas Stipend) “Books in the Larger World of Objects.” American Antiquarian Society 2014 Summer Seminar in the History of the Book in American Culture.
Seminar Participant, Project Narrative Summer Institute. The Ohio State University. June 28-July 9, 2010.
Internal Competitive Grants
Biggio Center Breeden Endowment Grant for Book Lab Cart ($4000, later supplemented with $3000 from Dean of Libraries and $1000 private donation) (2019)
SEC Faculty Travel Grant (collaboration with Laura Mandell and Margaret Ezell of Texas A&M) ($2400)
Provost Professional Improvement Leave, Fall 2017
2017 Course (Re)Design Grant, for incorporating digital methods modules into Core and Major courses ($5000)
"Manuscript Fiction 1760-1860" Intramural Seed Grant ($9000) 2016-2018.
Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities Summer Fellowship ($2500) 2016.
"The History of the Book in Theory and Practice" (with Derek Ross and Greg Schmidt)
Level 1 Intramural Grant ($8000) 2014.
Mary Grace Vinson (2018-2020, Fellow 2019-20)
Mary Butgereit (Fellow, 2017-18)
Carrie Hill (Fellow, 2017)
Kelsie Shipley (Fellow, 2016-17)
(now PhD student, U of Delaware)
Tristan Brown (2016-17)
Hannah Skjellum (2016-17)
(now PhD student, U of North Carolina)
Matthew Stinson (2016-17)
Savannah Downey (2016)
Steven Winters (2015)
(now in medical school)
Kimberly Jones, PhD (English Education)
Cari Casteel, PhD (History)
Emily Kerzin, PhD (Clinical Psychology)
Todd Aldridge, PhD
Cynthia Sampson, MA
(now PhD Louisiana State University)
Stacey Dearing, MA
(now ABD PhD Purdue University)
Ashley Sandlin, MA
(now PhD candidate at U Minnesota)
Kirsten Iden, MA
(PhD, Auburn University)
Phineas Dowling, PhD (ABD)
Brit Henry, MA
Amy Childress, MA
Meredith Baumann, MA
Roberta Hirschbeuhler, MA
Darbyshire Witek (MA 2019) - as Project Manager of 18thConnect.org
(now PhD Student and African American Public Humanities Fellow at University of Delaware)
Vision & Planning (2019-present)
Recognition & Development (2019-present)
English Club Advisor (2014-2019)
Early Modern Search Committee (2018)
English Department Graduate Studies Committee (2015-6)
Judge, Graduate Student Paper Award 2012 (MA level)
English Department Job Market Advising Committee (2011-3)
English Department Undergraduate Studies Committee (2012-5)
Assistant, London Graduate Research Trip (Summer 2011)
Organizer, Jessica Garratt lecture/visit (Fall 2010, 5 class visits in English and Art)
Member, Junior Special Committee on Peer Governance Structures (2010)
Research Culture Committee (2010-2011)
Honors College Advisory Council (2018-present)
Digital Projects Working Group (2010-present)
Common Book Committee (2015-2018)
College of Liberal Arts
College Budget Committee (2016-present)
College Scholarship and Awards Committee (2015-present)
Judge, Graduate Research Forum (2010)
Participant Advisor, Undergraduate Research Forum (2012-present)
Department of Theatre
Dramaturg, Frankenstein (Fall 2016)
TO THE PROFESSION
Conference President, Aphra Behn Society (2019 Meeting)
Reviewer, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Eighteenth-Century Novel, Review of English Studies, Scriblerian, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, Review of English Studies
Conference Organizer, Frances Burney Society (2014 Meeting, reviewed here)
Judge, Hemlow Prize (Burney Society)
President, Samuel Richardson Society (Founder 2007-present, elected President 2011)
Co-Chair, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Digital Humanities Caucus (2017-2020)
Co-Chair, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Graduate Caucus (2008-09)