I am an assistant professor at Kent State University in the Department of English. My major current project, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin: A Digital Critical Edition,” will provide authoritative transcriptions, archival image facsimiles, and a textual apparatus for the surviving manuscript pages and for selected American publication forms of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin: the National Era version, publisher John P. Jewett’s three initial print versions, and the 1879 Houghton Osgood New Edition. The edition will feature a textual introduction, an historical collation of the manuscript and the five printed texts, and a critically established reading text that promotes the study of authorial revision and other textual alterations. I am also at work on an edition of the letters of Louisa Van Velsor Whitman.
My research interests (outside of Stowe’s monumental work) are the broader disciplines of bibliography, textual criticism, and digital humanities. My teaching interests include American literature (through the early twentieth century), scholarly editing, research methods, African American literature, sentimentalism (American and transatlantic), modernism, and regional writing. My faculty profile (from which this description is taken) has a list of my recent publications.
Before I joined Kent State as a faculty member, I served a two-year stint as the CLIR postdoctoral fellow (2006-2008) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The acronym CLIR stands for Council for Library and Information Resources, an organization that sponsors an annual fellowship program to place humanities and social science scholars with PhDs in libraries. I worked in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities during the early stages of Civil War Washington.
I came to Nebraska after finishing my degree in English at the University of Virginia in 2006. My dissertation was a web-based electronic edition of the National Era version of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. While I considered a career in libraries during the CLIR fellowship, I continued to seek an academic post. Kent State called, and my musings about possible library careers came to an end.
In the long-ago past (before returning to graduate school in 2012) I worked as a technical writer in various industries, mostly in the north Dallas area: toll collection, tax preparation, accounting and payroll software. I have an MA from the University of North Texas, and before that decade and I spent a brief stint in Bloomington, Indiana at the PhD program in Comparative Literature.