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Caroline Field Levander
Professor
Carlson Chair in the Humanities and Professor of English
 
e-mail:clevande@rice.edu
 
  • BA (1986) Rice University
  • MA (1993) Rice University
  • PhD (1995) Rice University
 
Primary Department
   Department of English
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    Research Areas
     nineteenth-century American literature, race and gender studies, Hemispheric American Studies
     
    Research Statement
     Beginning with the acknowledgment that literary production, social theory and political cultures were integrally blended in the pre-20thc US, my research considers the dual questions of American literature's political impact and American political culture's literary effects. Most broadly, my research explores the combined cultural impact of political, social and literary discourses on historically disenfranchised groups including women, children and racial others. Voices of the Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Culture and Literature (Cambridge UP 1998), for example, focuses on women and public life, while Cradle of Liberty: Race, the Child and National Belonging from Thomas Jefferson to W.E.B. Du Bois (Duke UP, forthcoming 2006), explores the child's obscured links to the racial politics governing U.S. national culture. In order to bring literary and political texts into the most richly productive play, I focus on diverse archival sources as well as a wide range of literary sources to show how political representation in the US emerges and continues to be shaped by the 'fact' of gender and racial identity.
     
    Professor of English, Director Humanities Research Center
     Caroline Levander is Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Research Center at Rice University. She is co-founder of the Americas Colloquium at Rice University and has developed the Rice Americas Archive. In collaboration with University of Maryland's Early Americas Digital Archive, the Americas Archive has generated the Our Americas Archive Partnership. She has just been awarded an NEH grant to co-teach an NEH Summer Seminar 2007:Towards a Hemispheric American Literature and has been invited to lead a National Humanities Center Dupont Seminar on "The Globalization of American Literary Studies," Summer 2007.
    Her research begins with the acknowledgment that literary production, social theory and political cultures were integrally blended in the pre-20thc US. Her research therefore considers the dual questions of American literature's political impact and American political culture's literary effects. Most broadly, her work explores the combined cultural impact of political, social and literary discourses on historically disenfranchised groups including women, children and racial others.
     
    Professor of English and Director of Humanities Research Center
     Caroline Levander is Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Research Center at Rice University. She is co-editor of a new book series, Imagining the Americas, with Oxford University Press, co-founder of the Americas Colloquium at Rice University and has developed the Rice Americas Archive. In collaboration with University of Maryland's Early Americas Digital Archive, the Americas Archive has generated the Our Americas Archive Partnership. She was awarded an NEH grant to co-teach an NEH Summer Seminar 2007:Towards a Hemispheric American Literature and was invited to lead a National Humanities Center Dupont Seminar on "The Globalization of American Literary Studies," Summer 2007. She has recently co-edited with Robert Levine Hemispheric American Studies (Rutgers UP) and a special issue of American Literary History, "Hemispheric American Literary History" 18.3 Summer 2006.
    Her research begins with the acknowledgment that literary production, social theory and political cultures were integrally blended in the pre-20thc US. Her research therefore considers the dual questions of American literature's political impact and American political culture's literary effects. Most broadly, her work explores the combined cultural impact of political, social and literary discourses on historically disenfranchised groups including women, children and racial others. Voices of the Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Culture and Literature (Cambridge UP 1998), for example, focuses on women and public life, while Cradle of Liberty: Race, the Child and National Belonging from Thomas Jefferson to W.E.B. Du Bois (Duke UP, 2006), explores the child's obscured links to the racial politics governing U.S. national culture. In order to bring literary and political texts into the most richly productive play, she focuses on diverse archival sources as well as a wide range of literary sources to show how political representation in the US emerges and continues to be shaped by the 'fact' of gender and racial identity.
     
    Teaching Areas
     U.S. literature and culture
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Levander "Are Hotels Dangerous?." New York Times (July 2 2015) : A21.

     
     

    Caroline levander "It's All about the Assets." Inside Higher Ed (Oct 6 2014)

     
     

    Caroline levander "“The Times of Transnational American Studies,” American Literary History, Vol 26 no 3, (2014): 559- “The Times of Transnational American Studies,” ." American Literary History, 26.3: 559-569.

     
     

    "Sutton E. Griggs and the Borderlands of Empire," American Literary History, 22.1, Spring 2010: 57-85. Reprinted in Literature and Jim Crow: Essays on Sutton E. Griggs. Eds. Tess Chakkalakal and Kenneth W. Warren (University of Georgia Press), 2013.

     
     

    "Frederick Douglass' Blood-Stained Gate," Studies in American Fiction, Vol. 34, Fall 2005: 32-40.

     
     

    Caroline Levander "Witness and Participant: Frederick Douglass' Child." Studies in American Fiction, 33.2 (2006) In Press

     
     

    Caroline Levander "Consenting Fictions, Fictions of Consent." American Literary History, 16.2 (2004) : 318-29.

     
     

    Caroline Levander "Letting Her White Progeny Offset Her Dark: The Child and the Racial Politics of Nation Making." American Literature, 76.2 (June 2004) : 221-47.

     
     

    Caroline Levander and Robert S. Levine ""Literary Geographies, The Nation, and The Hemisphere"." American Literary History, 28.4 (2006) In Revision

     
     

    Caroline Levander ""'Letting Her White Progeny Offset Her Dark One': The Child and the Racial Politics of Nation Making in the Slavery Era"." American Literature (June 2004) In Press

     
     

    Caroline Levander ""Consenting Fictions, Fictions of Consent"." American Literary History, 16.2 (2004) In Press

     
     

    Caroline Levander ""Pauline Hopkins and Psychologies of Race"." Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies, 28 (2003)

     
     

    "The Science of Sentiment: The Evolution of the Bourgeois Child in Nineteenth-Century American Narrative," Modern Language Studies, Brown University Press, Vol. 30 (Spring 2000): 27-44.

     
     

    "Bawdy Talk: The Politics of Women's Public Speech in The Lecturess and The Bostonians," American Literature, Duke University Press, Vol. 67 (September 1995): 467-484.

     
     Articles
     

    "The Church, The State, and the Child" The Immanent Frame, eds Kathryn Lofton and Robert Orsi, 2012.

     
     

    "Hemisphereic American Studies: Preliminary Thoughts on Research and Pedagogical Challenges," Literature Compass (Blackwell) Vol. 5: 3, May 2008: 435-685.

     
     

    "Revinventing American Literary History," American Literary History 20.3, Summer 2008: 449-457.

     
     

    "Confederate Cuba," American Literature 78.4 December 2006: Special issue: Global Contexts/Local Literature: 821-45. Repring in Imagining Our Americas: Toward a Transnational Frame, Eds. Sandhya Shukla and Heidi Tinsman (Duke University Press, 2007): 88-111.

     
     

    "Hemispheric American Literary History: An Introduction." American Literary History, 18.3, Fall 2006: 397-405. 

     
     

    Caroline Levander and Robert S. Levine "Literary Geographies, the Hemisphere and the Nation." American Literary History, 18.3 (2006) In Press

     
     

    "'Letting her White Progeny Offset Her Dark One': The Child and the Racial Politics of Nation Making in the Slavery Era," American Literature, Duke University Press, Vol. 76.2 (June 2004): 221-247.

     
     

    Levander, C. ""Gender Constructs"." Companion to American Fiction, 1780-1865 (2003) In Press

     
     

    "Pauline Hopkins and Psychologies of Race," Prospects: An Annual Journal of American Cultural Studies, Cambridge University Press, Vol. 28 (2003): 203-21.

     
     

    Levander, C. "'Much Less a Book than a State of Vision': The Visibility of Race in Henry James." The Henry James Review, 23 (2002) : 265-72.

     
     

    Levander, C. "The New Child Studies." American Literary History (2003) In Press

     
     Books
     

    Levander and Guterl "Hotel Life: The Story of a Place Where Anything Can Happen."  (2015)

     
     

    Caroline Levander "Where is American Literature? (Wiley Blackwell, Manifesto Series, June 2013)." 

     
     

    Caroline Levander and Matthew Guterl "Hotel Life: The Story of a Place Where Anything Can Happen ."  (2015) In Press

     
     

    Caroline Levander "Voices of The Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture Paperback Reprint 2009." 

     
     

    Caroline Levander "Cradle of Liberty: Race, the Child and National Belonging from THomas Jefferson to WEB Du Bois."  (2006) : 246.

     
     

    Anti-Catholicism and Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Susan M. Griffin, Cambridge University Press, Studies in American Fiction, 2005.

     
     

    Caroline Levander "Cradle of Liberty: Race, the Child, and National Belonging from Thomas Jefferson to W.E.B. Du Bois."  (2006) In Press

     
     

    Caroline Levander and Robert S. Levine "Hemisphere and Nation: American Literary and Cultural Geographies."  (2006) In Revision

     
     

    Caroline Levander "Cradle of Liberty: The Child, the Self and the Racial State from Thomas Jefferson to W.E.B. Du Bois ."  (2005) In Press

     
     

    Caroline Field Levander "Cradling Liberty: The Child and the Politics of Nineteenth-Century American Culture." 

     
     

    Caroline Field Levander and Carol Singley, Eds "The Child: A U.S. Cultural Studies Reader." 

     
     

    Caroline Levander "Voices of the Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture." 

     
     Editor of books
     

    Levander and Levine "Companion to American Literary Studies."  (2015)

     
     

    Companion to American Literary Studies, co-edited with Robert Levine, Wiley-Blackwell,

    December 2011.

     
     

    “The Global South and World Dis/Order” Guest Editor with Walter Mignolo, The Global South,

    5.1: 2011.

     
     

    Caroline Levander, Anthony Pinn, Michael Emerson "Teaching and Studying the Americas: Cultural Influences from Colonialism to the Present." 

     
     Hemispheric American Studies (Rutgers University Press, 2008)
     
     

    Caroline Levander and Robert Levine "Hemispheric American Literary History." American Literary History, 18.3 (Summer 2006) : 397-656.

     
     

    Caroline Levander and Robert Levine "Hemispheric American Studies: Essays Beyond the Nation."  (2007) : 375.In Press

     
     

    Caroline Levander and Carol Singley "The American Child: A Cultural Studies Reader."  (2003)

     
     Book chapters
     

    caroline levander "“Sutton E. Griggs and the Borderlands of Empire,” in Literature and Jim Crow: Essays on Sutton E. Griggs. Eds. Tess Chakkalakal and Kenneth W. Warren (University of Georgia Press), 2013.." 

     
     

    “Fictionalizing Children/Children’s Fiction,” The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Vol 6: The

    American Novel 1870-1940. Eds. Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott (Oxford University

    Press, 2014), 304-19.

     
     

    “Novels of Faith and Doubt in a Changing Culture,” The Oxford History of the Novel in English,

    Vol 5: The American Novel to 1870, Eds. J. Gerald Kennedy and Leland S. Person

    (Oxford University Press), forthcoming 2014. 

     
     

    “Sutton E. Griggs and the Borderlands of Empire,”  in Literature and Jim Crow: Essays on Sutton E. Griggs. Eds. Tess Chakkalakal and Kenneth W. Warren (University of Georgia Press), 2013.

     
     

    “Going Global: Slavery, Modernity, and the Case of William Walker, President of Nicaragua,” 

    in Chris Castiglia and Susan Gillman, Eds. Our Nineteenth Century, University of Minnesota, forthcoming 2014.

     
     

    "Bad Neighbor/Good Neighbor: Across the Disciplines of Hemispheric Studies," Teaching and Studying the Americas: Cultural Influences from Colonialism to the Present (Palgrave Macmillan), December 2010, pg 27-49.

     
     

    "Fictionalizing Children/Children's Fiction," The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Vol 6: The American Novel 1870-1940. Eds. Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliot (Oxford University Press), forthcoming 2013.

     
     

    "Introduction," Emerging Disciplines: Shaping New Fields of Scholarly Inquiry in and beyond the Humanities, Ed. Melissa Bailar (Rice University Press), 3-7, May 2010.

     
     

    "Literature: Early Republic and the American Renaissance," "Literature: From the Civil War to World War II," Encyclopedia of Religion in America, (CQ Press), 2010.

     
     

    "Novels of Faith and Doubt in a Changing Culture" in The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Vol 5: The American Novel to 1870, Eds. J. Gerald Kennedy and Leland S. Person (Oxford University Press), forthcoming 2012.

     
     

    Caroline Levander, Michael Emerson, Anthony Pinn "Introduction: Teaching and Studying the Americas: Cultural Influences from Colonialism to the Present (Palgrave Macmillan), December 2010, pgs 1-13. ." 

     
     

    "African American Literature and Religion," African American Religious Cultures, Vol. 2. Eds. Anthony Pinn and Stephen Finley (ABC Clio:2009), 451-463.

     
     

    "Childhood Innocence: Protecting American Childhood," The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion, Eds. Richard A. Shweder, Thomas R. Bidell, Anne C. Dailey, Suzanne D. Dixon, Peggy J. Miller, and John Modell (University of Chicago Press: 2009), 501-3.

     
     

    Caroline Levander "Confederate Cuba." Our Americas: Political and Cultural Imaginings (2006) In Press

     
     

    Caroline Levander "Female Subjects and Subjectivities in Pierre and the Piazza Tales." A Companion to Melville (2006) In Press

     
     

    Caroline Levander "Literary Historiography and Biography." Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: The Nineteenth Century, 1830-1914 (2006) In Press

     
     

    "Female Subjects and Subjectivities in Pierre  and The Piazza Tales," A Companion to Melville, Ed. Wyn Kelley, Blackwell Press, 2006: 423-435.

     
     

    Caroline Levander "Engendering American Fictions." A Companion to American Fiction, 1780-1865 (2004) : 40-52.

     
     

    Caroline Levander and Carol Singley ""Introduction"." The American Child: A Cultural Studies Reader (2003) : 3-12.

     
     

    Caroline Levander and Martha Cutter ""Constructing Gender"." Companion to American Fiction, 1780-1865 (2004) In Press

     
     Book reviews
     

    Translating Empire: José Martí, Migrant Latino Subjects, and American Modernities. Duke University Press (2008), Laura Lomas, Hispanic Review, Fall 2009.

     
     

    Dependent StatesThe Child's Part in Nineteenth-Century American Culture, Karen Sánchez-Eppler; Elusive Childhood: Impossible Representations in Modern Fiction, Susan Honeyman; Schoolroom Poets: Childhood, Performance, and the Place of American Poetry, 1865-1917, Angela Sorby; and Civilized Creatures: Urban Animals, Sentimental Culture, and American Literature, 1850-1900, Jennifer Mason, American Literature, Spring 2007.

     
     

    The Gender of Freedom: Fictions of Liberalism and the Literary Public Sphere, Elizabeth Dillon, Stanford University Press, Legacy, Fall 2005.

     
     

    Transamerican Literary Relations and the Nineteenth-Century Public Sphere, Anna Brickhouse, Cambridge University Press, The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History, Fall 2005.

     
     

    Brer Rabbit, Uncle Remus, and the 'Cornfield Journalist,' Walter Brasch, Mercer Press, Journal of Southern History 68.4 (2002): 987-8.

     
     

    Voices of the Fugitives: Runaway Slave Stories and Their Fictions of Self-Creation. Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies, Greenwood Press, Sterling Lecater Bland Jr., Journal of Southern History 68.2 (2002): 449-50.

     
     

    Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature, 1787-1845, Johns Hopkins University Press, Jared Gardner, Canadian Review of American Studies Journal, (Spring 2000). 

     
     

    Plots and Proposals: American Women's Fiction, 1850-90, Karen Tracey, University of Illinois Press, Legacy 17.2 (2000): 235-6.

     
     

    "The Lady of Little Fishing" and "The Turn of the Screw," in  Companion to the American Short Story, Abby Werlock Ed., New York: Checkmark Books, 1999.

     
     

    Democratic Personality: Popular Voice and the Trial of American Authorship, Nancy Ruttenberg, Stanford University Press, American Literature 71.2 (1999): 380-1.

     
     Other
     

    "The Changing Landscape of American Studies in a Global Era," Working Together or Apart: Promoting the Next Generation of Digital Scholarship (Washington DC: Council on Library and Information Resources, 2009): 27-34.

     
     

    Caroline Field Levander "Review of Brer Rabbit, Uncle Remus and the 'Cornfield Journalist: the Tale of Joel Chandler Harris, Walter Brasch." Journal of Southern History (2001)

     
     

    Caroline Levander ""The Sentimental Tradition in U.S. Literature"." Modern Language Studies (forthcoming, 2002)

     
     

    Caroline Levander "'Informed Eyes': The 1890s Child Study Movement and Henry James's The Turn of the Screw." Critical Matrix: The Princeton Journal of Women, Gender, and Culture, Vol 12, No 1-2 (2001) : 8-26.

     
     

    Caroline Levander "Review of Voices of the Fugitives: Runaway Slave Stories and Their Fictions of Self-Creation." Journal of Southern History

     
     

    Caroline Field Levander "Review of Plots and Proposals: American Women's Fiction, 1850-90 by Karen Tracey." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, 17 (2) (2000) : 235-6.

     
     

    Caroline Field Levander "The Lady of Little Fishing." Companion to the American Short Story (2000) : 253.

     
     

    Caroline Field Levander "The Turn of the Screw." Companion to the American Short Story (2000) : 419-20.

     
     

    Introduction, Special Issue: "Sentimentality and the Body in U.S. Cultures," Modern Language Studies, Brown University Press, Vol. 30 (Spring 2000): 5-66.

     
     

    Caroline Levander "Review of Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature, 1787-1845, Jared Gardner." Canadian Review of American Studies Journal (2000)

     
     

    Caroline Field Levander "Review of Democratic Personality: Popular Voice and the Trial of American Authorship, Nancy Ruttenberg." American Literature:, 71 (2) (1999) : 380-1.

     
     

    "'Following the Condition of the Mother': Subversions of Domesticity in Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl." Southern Mothers: Essays on Motherhood in Southern Fiction (1999) : 28-39.

     
     

    Caroline Levander "Introduction, Northanger Abbey." Bantam Classics (1999)

     
    Presentations
     Conference Paper
     

    "“Catastrophe and American Studies,” American Studies Association, October 8 2015.."

     
     Invited Papers
     

    "The Future of Academic Credentials, 

    Stanford Learning Summit: Inventing the Future of

                Higher Education." (April 15, 2016)

     
     

    lecture.  ""Archiving the Americas"." C19: The Society of 19thc Americanists Conference, state college PA. (may 22 2010)

     
     

    "What are Children For?." Modern Language Association, Philadelphia. (Dec 2006)

     
     

    "American Fiction Before 1865." American Literature Association Annual Convention, San Francisco. (May 2004)

     
     

    "Confederate Cuba." Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia. (December 2004)

     
     

    "Racialized Geographies: Cuba and the United States." American studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta. (Nov 14. 2004)

     
     

    ""Just Emerging from Its Cradle: The Race for Nation along the Mexican Border"." Society for the Study of American Women Writers International Conference, Fort Worth, TX. (September 2003)

     
     

    ""Of Men and Missing Links: Race and Nation at Century's End"." American Studies Association Annual Conference, Hartford Conn. (November 2003)

     
     

    ""The Spot and Stain of Racial Difference': Race and the Making of the Middle Class in U.S. Sentimental Fiction." American Literature Association Annual Conference, Boston MA. (May 2003)

     
     

    ""All in the Family: The Child in American Literary Culture." American Studies Association Meeting, Houston, TX. (November 2002)

     
     

    ""The Racial Politics of Twain's Slovenly Peter Stories." Modern Language Association Annual Convention, New York CIty. (December 2002)

     
     

    "Imperial Gothic: Race, Nation, and Domestic Fiction." American Literature Association Symposium, Mexico. (December 2002)

     
     

    "Letting Her White Progeny offset Her Dark One: The Child and the Racial Politics of Nation Making in the Slavery Era." Modern Language Association Annual Convention, New York City. (December 2002)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "“Online Education in the United States,” Netherlands EU Presidency Conference on the

                Future of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science,." (March 9 2016)

     
     

    "“Meeting the Market: STEM, Skills, and Shakespeare?,” edX Global Forum, November 2015.."

     
     

    "“Sustaining Digital Innovation,” Coursera Partner’s Conference, Newport Beach CA, March

                2015.."

     
     

    "“American Literature’s Armature,” Brown University, October 2013." (october 2013)

     
     

    "“Designing American Literature,” Columbia University, November 2013.." (nov 2013)

     
     

    " “Where is American Literature?” University of Illinois, March 2013." (march 2013)

     
     

    “Flexible Networks: Transnational Area Studies,” 17th Humanities League Meeting (Academia

    Sinica, Taipei Taiwan), May 28, 2011.

     

     
     

    “Gendering Hemispheric Studies,” The USC Humanities Associates' Lectures in American

    Cultures, University of Southern California, Oct 7, 2011. 

     
     

     “Sex Abuse and the Study of Religion,” Yale University, September 23-4, 2011.

     
     

    “Where is American Literature?” University of Buffalo (SUNY), Oct 4, 2011.

     
     

    “Where is American Literature?,” John F.Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies, Freie

                Universität, Berlin, Oct 27, 2011.

     
     

    Howard Crawford Endowed Lecture, “Gendering Hemispheric Studies: The Case of Loreta

    Velazquez,” Southwestern University, April 12, 2011.

     
     

    Invited 1 Hour lecture.  ""Gender Studies and Americas Studies"." University of South Carolina, Columbia SC. (april14 2010)

     
     

    invited 1 hour lecture.  ""Gendering Hemispheric Studies"." Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice U. (October 2010)

     
     

    invited 1 Hour lecture .  ""Gendering Hemispheric Studies" Harvard University." Harvard University, Women's Studies, Cambridge, MA. (April 8 2010)

     
     

    Invited 1 hour lecture .  ""Transnationalism in American Literary Studies"." University of Vermont, Burlington VA. (April 7 2010)

     
     

    Invited 1 hour lecture.  ""United States Literature in the Americas" (University of Cal Irvine, invited lecture)." Univ of California Irvine, Irvine CA. (Oct 2010)

     
     

    invited 1 Hour lecture .  ""Archiving the Americas" Yale University English Dept." Yale University , New Haven . (april 17 2009)

     
     

    invited 1 Hour lecture .  ""Digitizing the Americas" Keynote Andrew Mellon Seminar "Digital Archivalism and the Humanities" Haverford College." Andrew mellon Foundation: Digital Archivalism and the Humanities, Haverford College. (April 4 2009)

     
     

    ""Where is American Literature?: Writing Along the US/Mexico Border" Huntington Library." (august 15 2009)

     
     

    "Hemispheric American Literary Studies." Yale University, Yale University. (April 17, 2009)

     
     

    "The Geography of Gender: The Case of Katherine Anne Porter." Harvard University, Harvard University. (September 2009)

     
     

    "The Landscape of American Literary Studies." CLIR, Washington DC. (Sept 18, 2008)

     
     

    "The Americas as Institution and Intellectual Endeavor." University of Toronto, Toronto. (February 2006)

     
     

    consultant for new PhD program.  "The Future of Childhood STudies." Rutgers Univ, (Oct 2006)

     
     

    "Declarations of Independence: The Child and American Cultural Studies." University of Maryland, College Park, MD. (April 2005)

     
     

    "The Role of Centers in International Humanities Initiatives." Third International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Cambridge UK. (July 2005) With Vera Kutzinski, Director Center for the Americas Vanderbilt University

     
     

    "Women Write War." Del Mar College, Corpus Christi. (April 26, 2004)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    "The States of American Studies,  Bavarian American Academy (Munich), ." (June 30 2016)

     
     

    "Transnational American Studies in a Warming World, 

    Humanities Institute, Wake Forest

                University." (October 7 2016)

     
     

    "Plenary Lecture: “American Studies@Scale,” Dartmouth Summer Institute on American Studies,

                June 23, 2015.."

     
     

    "Keynote, Nordic Association of American Studies, Karlstad University, Sweden, May 24, 2013.." (may 2013)

     
     

    Keynote, Nordic Association of American Studies, Karlstadt University, Sweden, May 24, 2013

     
     

    Keynote lecture and 1 day research workshop leader.  "Uppsala University (Sweden) and Swedish Research Council: American Family Symposium "Fictionalizing Children/Children's Fiction"." Uppsala University and Swedish Research Council, Uppsala Sweden. (December 2010)

     
     

    "Afro American and Latino Literary Connections." Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights, University of Texas Austin. (March 26 2008)

     
     

    "Archiving the Americas." Andrew Mellon Digital Archivalism and the Future of the Humanities, Haverford College. (April 4, 2009)

     
     

    "Digitizing the Americas." Mellon Seminar, Digital Archivalism and the Humanities, Haverford College. (April 4, 2009)

     
     

    "Future Directions for Research in Arts and Humanities." Iowa State, Enhancing Research Excellence, Iowa State. (March 28, 2008)

     
     

    "Plenary Address, Rethinking Empire and Imperialism in 19thc American LIterature." University of Maryland, University of Maryland. (Nov 8 2008)

     
     

    "The Global South." University of Mississippi, Oxford MS. (Sept 23, 2008)

     
     

    "Envisioning a Global Americas." Sawyer Seminar: University of Toronto, Globalizing the Americas, Toronto. (December 2006)

     
     Lectures
     

    "Affection that Will Not be Gainsay'd: Walt Whitman's Child." Walt Whitman National Conference, Philadelphia. (April 2005)

     
     

    "Doomed to Be a Witness and Participant: Frederick Douglass the Child." Melville/Douglass International Conference, New Bedford Mass. (June 2005)

     
     

    "Global Nations/Foreign Relations in the American Hemisphere." International American Studies Association Conference, Ottawa, Canada. (August 2005)

     
     

    "States of Self, Selfless States: Du Bois and Cuba." American Studies Association, Washington DC. (October 2005)

     
     Other
     

    "The Welfare of Children: Why Have Children Become Central to Political Debate?." National Public Radio, Odyssey, Chicago. (March 25, 2004)

     
     

    ""Psychoanalysis and Its Discontents: Race and Women's Writing"." Society for the Study of American Women Writers Annual Conference, San Antonio TX. (February 2001)

     
     

    "Edith Wharton: Gothic Tales and Beauty." Modern Language Association Annual Conference, New Orleans. (December 2001)

     
     

    "Invited Keynote Speaker: I'll Never Be Racist Again: the Margaret Mitchell Trust and Alice Randall Debate." Cultures of Contradiction, University of Frankfurt Graduate Center, Frankfurt, Germany. (May 2001)

     
     

    "Racing the Psychological: A Study of Mitchell as American Woman Writer." American Literature Association Symposium on Contemporary Literature, Santa Fe, NM. (October 2001)

     
     

    "The Psychology of Race in Pauline Hopkins." American Literature Association Annual Conference, Cambridge, MA. (May 2001)

     
     

    ""Cradling Liberty: The child in American Literary Culture"." Modern Language Association, Washington DC. (Dec 27, 2000)

     
     

    ""The Psychology of Race in Pauline Hopkins"." American Literature Association Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA. (May 29, 2000)

     
     

    ""Violently Enamoured of Gas and Glass: The Sentimental Child in Cummins's The Lamplighter"." Narrative Conference, Atlanta, GA. (April, 2000)

     
     Panelist
     

    ""Teaching Literature in Public: MOOCs and Literature," Modern Language Association." (January 2016)

     
     

    "“Other Dimensions in/for the 19thCentury,” 

    C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century

                Americanists Conference." (March 17, 2016)

     
     

    " “American Studies in 3D: Space, Time, Language,” American Studies Association Annual

                Meeting, Washington DC, November 2013." (nov 2013)

     
     

    “Childhood and Citizenship,” Respondent, American Studies Association, Baltimore, Oct 21,

    2011. 

     
     

    “Transnational Americas and the Literatures of the United States,” Modern Language

    Association, January 2011.

     
     

    “Global American South in the Nineteenth Century,” Respondent, Modern Language

    Association, January 2011.

     
     

    "Where Does Latin American Studies End and American Studies Begin?." American Studies ASsociation, Oakland, CA. (October 2006)

     
     Session Chair
     

    " “American Studies in 3D: Space, Time, Language,” American Studies Association Annual

                Meeting, Washington DC, November 2013." (nov 2013)

     
     

    session organizer, convener and chair.  ""Subterranean Convergences: Space and Time in the Americas" American Studies Association Annual Convention." American Studies Association Annual Convention, San Antonio. (Nov 2010)

     
     

    ""Provocations" and "Where is the Archive?"." Modern Language Association, San Francisco. (Dec 29, 2008)

     
     

    "Disciplining the American Child: National Identity, Citizenship, and Childhood in Antebellum America." Modern Language Association, Philadelphia. (December 2006)

     
     

    "Hemispheric American Literature." American Literature Association, Boston. (May 2006)

     
     

    "Disciplining the American Child: National Identity, Citizenship and Childhood in Antebellum America." Modern Language Association, Washington DC. (December 2005)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Series Editor, imagining the americas book series. oxford univ press. (2013 - 2016)

     Series Editor, Imagining the Americas book series. Oxford University Press. (2007 - 2014)

     Series Editor, "Imagining the Americas". Oxford Univ Press. (2010 - 2010)

     Member of the Editorial Board, journal of american studies. cambridge Univ press. (2013 - 2016)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of American Studies. Oxford Univ Press. (2011 - 2011)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of American Studies. (2015 - 2015)

     Other, Modern Language Studies. Brown UP. (2001 - 2001)

     Reader, PMLA. (2000 - 2000)

     Series Editor, Imagining the Americas. Oxford University Press. (2008 - 2008)

     Reader, Signs: A Journal of women in culture and society. (2000 - 2000)

     Reader, Mosaic: A Journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature. (2000 - 2000)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Cory Ledoux, PhD Antebellum Cuba and the Mapping of Extranational Identity. (2) (Thesis Director)

     Cory Ledoux, PhD Cuba in the American Literary Imagination. (3) (Thesis Director)

     Molly Robey, PhD Sacred Geographies: The New Old Regionalisms. (3) (Thesis Director)

     Elizabeth Fenton, PhD The Comparative Stranger: Anti-Catholicism, Religious Privacy, and the Making of US Liberal Democracy. (4) (Thesis Director)

     David Messmer, PhD "Sympathy in Lady's Day: Sound from Slave Narrative to Civil Rights. (4) (Thesis Director)

     Lilian Crutchfield, PhD Writing History Against the Nation: 19thc US Literary Culture. (4) (Thesis Director)

     Cory Ledoux, PhD The Place of Haiti in Nineteenth-Century US Writing. (4) (Thesis Director)

     Gale Kenny, PhD Domestic Missions: Gender and Slavery in the Protestant Civilizing Mission, 1830-1865. (4) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Molly Robey, PhD Sacred Geographies: 19th-Century US/Holy Land Narratives. (4) (Thesis Director)

     Ben Wise, PhD Cosmopolitan Provincialism: The Lives of William Alexander Percy". (4) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Gale Kenny, PhD Raising Citizens: Motherhood, Childrearing, and the American Nation. (4) (Thesis Committee Member)

     David Messmer, PhD The Sound of Sentiment: Race in Literary Discourse from Civil War to Civil Rights Eras. (5) (Thesis Director)

     Mandy Reid, PhD "A Most Terrible Spectacle: Visualizing Racial Science in American Literature and Culture, 1839-1929". (6) (Thesis Director)

     Molly Robey, PhD Sacred Geographies: Revelation and Nation in 19th Century US Holy Land Literature. (6) (Thesis Director)

     David Messmer, PhD Aural Traditions: the Politics of Sound in African American Writing. (7) (Thesis Director)

     Mandy Reid, PHD Smutted Blood: Race, Gender, and Female Spectacle in Nineteenth-Century American Literature. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Michon Benson, PHD Oral Traditions: From Slave Narrative to hip hop music. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Francelle Pruitt, PHD American History PHD Candidate. (2003) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Mandy Reid, PhD A Most Terrible Spectacle: Visualizing Racial Science in American Literature and Culture, 1839-1915. (2005) (Thesis Director)

     Molly Robey, PhD Sacred Geographies: Revelation and Nation in 19thc U.S. Holy Land Narrative. (2006) (Thesis Director)

     Cory Ledoux, PhD Cuba, Haiti and Independence in American Writing. (2006) (Thesis Director)

     David Messmer, PhD If Not in word in sound: Sound in African American Writing from the Civil War to Civil Rights. (2006) (Thesis Director)

     Cory Ledoux Ledoux, PhD “Revolutionary Traditions: The Idea of Haiti in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature . (2011) (Thesis Director)

     Karen Rosenthall, PhD Novel Economies: The Overlooked Narratives of American Exceptionalism". (2014) (Thesis Director)

     AnaMaria Seglie, PhD Sacred Dominion: Anti-Catholicism and the Romance of US Imperialism, 1827-1890". (2014) (Thesis Director)

     Abby Goode, PhD Abby Goode: Democratic Demographics: A Literary Genealogy of American Sustainability". (2015) (Thesis Director)

     anamaria seglie, phd “Sacred Dominion: Anti-Catholicism and the Romance of U.S. Imperialism, 1827-1890,”. (2015) (Thesis Director)

     karen rosenthall, phd , “Novel Economies: a Literary Pre-History of US Industrial Capitalism.. (2016) (Thesis Director)

     abby goode, phd “Democratic Demographics: A Literary Genealogy of American Sustainability.”. (2016) (Thesis Director)

     Joe Carson, PhD TBD. (2017) (Thesis Director)

     Joseph Carson, PhD The Literary Anthropocene: 19th Century American Literature and Culture. (2018) (Thesis Director)

     Benjamin Wise, PhD Cosmopolitan Provincialism: the Lives of William Alexander Percy. (Thesis Committee Member)

     Elizabeth Fenton, PhD Religious Liberties: Anti-Catholicism, Liberalism and American Literature''. (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Fulbright Research Fellowship, University of Exeter/Fulbright Commission (2016)

     Senior Fellow, Freie Universität, Berlin, Freie Universität, Berlin/German Research Foundation (2015)

     National Humanities Center Senior Fellowship, National Humanities Center (2010)

     Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Huntington Library, Mellon Foundation/Huntington Library (July 2010)

     Andrew Mellon Pilot Graduate Seminar, Mellon Foundation (2007-2010)

     Toward a Hemispheric American Literature, National Endowment for the Humanities (Oc 1 2006-Sept 30 2007)

     Grant Recipient (Co PI), Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant (Nov 2007-Nov 2010)

     Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Huntington Library (June 2009)

     National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Leader: Toward a Hemispheric American Literature, NEH (June-July 2007)

     National Humanities Center Dupont Summer Seminar Leader: The Globalization of American Literary Studies, National Humanities Center (June 2007)

     Senior Fellow, Rutgers University Center for Childhood Studies Seminar Series and Fellowship Program, (academic yr 2004/5)

     Senior Fellow, Rutgers University Center for Childhood Studies Seminar Series and Fellowship Program (2004/5)

     Senior Nominee, N.E.H. Summer Stipend, Rice University (2003)

     Gilder Lehrman Research Fellowship, Morgan Library (2002)

     Organizer and Founder, Texas Nineteenth-Century Americanist Group, (Fall 2000)

     Panel Organizer, Society for the Study of American Women Writers (Fall 2000)

     Panel Organizer, American Literature Association Conference (Fall 2000)

     see Editorial Positions, Public Information,

     see Presentations, Public Information,

     Chair, "The Sentimental Tradition in U.S. Literature", N.E. Modern Language Association (April 2000)

     Board Member, Narrative Conference, Narrative (Fall 2000)

    Positions Held
     Executive Committee Board Member, Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes. (2010 - 2010)

     Consultant, Scholarly Communication Institute (SCI). (2012 - 2012)

     International Board, Journal of American Studies. (2012 - 2012)

     Board Jury Member, French National Research Agency (ANR) "Laboratories of Excellence" International Review. (2012 - 2012)

     Executive Committee Board Member, C19: The Society of 19th-Century Americanists. (2010 - 2010)

     Executive Council, NINES: Networked Infrastructure for 19th-Century Electronic Scholarship. (2010 - 2010)

     Curricular Task Force, ArtsEngine National. (2012 - 2012)

     Chair, Membership Development Committee and Treasurer, C19: The Society of 19th-Century Americanists. (2011 - 2011)

     Chair American Literature Section Council, Modern Language Association. (2008 - 2008)

     Mellon Fellowship Reviewer, Council on Library and Information Resources. (2008 - 2008)

     Executive Committee and Advisory Board Member, Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes. (2008 - 2008)

     Chair, Gene Wise Sussman Prize Committee, American Studies Association. (2008 - 2008)

     Fellowship Review Panelist, Huntington Library. (2008 - 2008)