1999 Ph.D., English. Georgia State University.
- Dissertation: “Sarah Helen Whitman’s Literary Criticism: A Critical Edition”
1992 M.A., English. Georgia State University. Atlanta, GA
1987 B.A., English, magna cum laude. Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.
Independent Consultant, The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau, University of California Santa Barbara (2009-2014).
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (2000-2005).
Visiting Instructor, Georgia State University (1999-2000).
Instructor, Georgia State University (1992-1993; 1998-1999).
Grants, Fellowships, and Awards
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Scholarly Editions Grant and We the People designee. “The Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson: A Scholarly Digital Edition.” 2010-2013 ($230,000); 2013-2016 ($290,000).
NEH Collaborative Research Grant. “Transatlantic Readership and the Construction of Women’s Literary History.” With the Women Writers Project. 2011-2013.
Advanced TEI Seminar on Manuscript Encoding. NEH funded. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. October 2010.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association Short Term Fellowship. Houghton Library, Harvard University. 2008.
Faculty Development Research Grant. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. 2002-2003.
Dissertation Research Grant. Georgia State University. 1997.
26th Annual Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents. Sponsored by the NHPRC, the University of Wisconsin Madison, and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Madison, WI. June 1997.
Stanton in Her Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of Her Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2016.
The Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson: A Scholarly Digital Edition. Ed. with Sandra Harbert Petrulionis. Women Writers Online. In progress, with eighteen Almanack folders published to date. Six folders can also be viewed in an experimental prototype interface, free to the public, that provides an initial model of what the future Women Writers Online interface can do with our editorial work.
Articles, Chapters, and Online Exhibits
“The Youngest Person in Concord: Mary Moody Emerson Was a Thinker, a Writer, and an Inspiration to All Who Knew Her.” With Sandra Harbert Petrulionis. NEH Humanities 38 (Winter 2017): 12-15, 42-43.
“‘Let Me Do Nothing Smale’: Mary Moody Emerson and Women’s ‘Talking’ Manuscripts.” Toward a Female Genealogy of Transcendentalism. Ed. Jana L. Argersinger and Phyllis Cole. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2014. 35-56. (An expanded version of the essay by the same title below).
“‘Somthing more than material’: Nonverbal Conversation in Mary Moody Emerson’s Almanacks.” Resources for American Literary Study 35 (2010): 29-67. Published 2012.
“‘Let Me Do Nothing Smale’: Mary Moody Emerson and Women’s ‘Talking’ Manuscripts.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 57.1-2 (2011): 21-48.
“The Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson: A Scholarly Digital Edition.” Documentary Editing 31 (2010): 10-24. With Sandra Harbert Petrulionis.
“‘This Slender Foundation . . . Made Me Immortal’: Sarah Helen Whitman vs. Poe’s Helen.” Poe Studies 32 (1999): 8-26.
“The Limits of Sexual Emancipation: Feminism and Jane Campion’s Mythology of Love.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory 1 (1999): 1-22.
“Family.” Emerson in Context. Ed. Wesley T. Mott. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 155-162.
“Conversations.” The Oxford Handbook to Transcendentalism. Ed. Joel Myerson, Sandra Harbert Petrulionis, and Laura Dassow Walls. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. 348-360.
“William Ware.” Dictionary of Literary Biography: The American Renaissance in New England. Ed. Wesley Mott. 3rd Series. Vol. 235. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 2001. 410-415.
“Sarah Helen Whitman.” Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Source Book. Ed. Denise Knight. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1997. 468-473.
Conference Papers and Presentations
“Beautiful Foes: A Roundtable Discussion of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Affiliations with Women.” ALA Annual Conference. Boston, MA. May 2017.
“Mary Moody Emerson’s Almanacks: How Digital Horizons Advance Teaching and Research.” With Sandra Harbert Petrulionis. ALA Annual Conference. Boston, MA. May 2015.
“The Days of Their Lives: Using Diaries, Journals, and an ‘Almanack’ to Recover the Past.” Invited speaker at New England Biography Seminar. Massachusetts Historical Society. March 2014.
“Transcending ‘Aunt Mary’: Digital Scholarship and The Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson.” With Sandra Harbert Petrulionis. ALA Annual Conference. Boston, MA. May 2013.
“Mary Moody Emerson’s Almanacks: Digital Editions and Imagined Endings.” MLA Annual Convention. Seattle, WA. January 2012.
“‘Let Me Do Nothing Small’: Mary Moody Emerson and Women’s ‘Talking’ Manuscripts.” ALA Annual Conference. Boston, MA. May 2011
Roundtable on The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism: Nineteenth-Century Ideas, Twenty-First Century Approaches. ALA Annual Conference. Boston, MA. May 2011.
“TEI Infrastructure and Untidy Manuscripts: Editorial Challenges and Possibilities in Mary Moody Emerson’s Almanacks.” Advanced TEI Seminar in Manuscript Encoding. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. October 2010.
“‘I must not only speak the truth, but live it’: Transcendentalism and Women’s Conversations.” ALA Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. May 2010.
“‘Dear Cicero, Waldo, and Friends!’: Conversations in Mary Moody Emerson’s Almanacks.” With Sandra Harbert Petrulionis. MLA Annual Convention. Philadelphia, PA. December 2009.
“‘I bind them in yellow’: Fascicle Making and Design in Mary Moody Emerson’s Manuscripts.” MLA Annual Convention. Philadelphia, PA. December 2009.
“Mary Moody Emerson’s ‘shreds & fragments’: An Editorial Challenge for a Digital Age.” Association for Documentary Editing Annual Conference. Springfield, IL. October 2009.
“‘I defy tomorrow’: Mary Moody Emerson, Women’s Writing, and Revolutions in the Archive.” With Sandra Harbert Petrulionis. “Women in the Archive,” A Brown Women Writers Project Conference. Providence, RI. March 2009.
“Mary Moody Emerson, the Archives, and Public Spaces.” “Revealing Women: Women in the Archive,” a Brown Women Writers Project Colloquium. Providence, RI. March 2008.
“‘The duties of religion, public, private, and secret’: Authorial Expectations in the Letters of Mary Moody Emerson and Mary Wilder Van Schalkwyck.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting. Portland, OR. March 2008.
“Realizing ‘the publick spirit of Plato’s republick’: Mary Moody Emerson, Ambition, and Women’s Writing.” American Literature Association. Boston, MA. May 2007.
“Finding Mary Moody Emerson in Her Almanack.” ALA-Sponsored Conference on Biography. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. December 2006.
“‘Communing with Waldo’s Spirit Is Only Expanding Mine’: Emerson’s Influence on Intellectual Women in Providence, Rhode Island.” The Summer Institute at the Orchard House. Concord, MA. July 2003.
“‘Break Every Bond’: Transcendental Cosmopolitanism in Providence, Rhode Island.” MLA Annual Convention. New York City, NY. December 2002.
“Mary Moody Emerson.” Thoreau Society Conference. Concord, MA. July 2002.
“The Material Creation of a Woman Author: Sarah Helen Whitman and the Editions of Edgar Poe and His Critics.” Society for Textual Scholarship Conference. New York City, NY. April 2001.
“Embalmed While Still Alive: Sarah Helen Whitman as Literary Critic.” Society for the Study of American Women Authors, First International Conference. San Antonio, TX. February 2001.
“Biographical Mythologies: The Case of Sarah Helen Whitman.” International Edgar Allan Poe Conference. Richmond, VA. October 1999.
“Phrenology, Literary Theory, and Biographical Portraiture: Tactical Minefields in Whitman’s Defense of Poe.” American Literature Association. Baltimore, MD. May 1999.
“‘I feel that it will live’: (Auto)Biography and Criticism in Sarah Helen Whitman’s Defense of Poe.” MLA Annual Convention. San Francisco, CA. December 1998.
“Sarah Helen Whitman’s Correspondence and Scrapbooks.” American Literature Association. San Diego, CA. May 1998.
“‘The Clear and Mellow Light of Love’: Sarah Helen Whitman’s ‘True Interpreter of Humanity.’” ALA-Sponsored American Renaissance Conference. Cancun, Mexico. December 1997.
“Editing Thoreau in the 21st Century.” Thoreau Society Conference. Concord, MA. July 1997.
2012-2015. Editorial Board, Edgar Allan Poe Review
2012-2015. Editorial Board, Perspectives on Poe Series, Lehigh University Press
Textual Scholarship Experience
Independent Consultant, The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau (Princeton UP), University of California, Santa Barbara, 2009-2014.
- Conducted annotation review for Correspondence, Volume 2: 1849-1856. Ed. Robert Hudspeth. Princeton: Princeton UP, forthcoming.
- Conducted editorial review of text, apparatus, and index, Henry D. Thoreau, Journal 9: 1854-1855. Ed. Laura Dassow Walls and Wesley T. Mott. Princeton: Princeton UP, forthcoming.
Editorial & Production Manager, Journal Office, The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau (Princeton UP), Georgia State University, 1996-1999.
- Conducted editorial review of text, apparatus, and index: Henry D. Thoreau, Journal: Volume 6: 1853. Ed. William Rossi and Heather Kirk Thomas. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2000. Conducted editorial review of text, apparatus, and index: Henry D. Thoreau, Journal: Volume 8: 1854. Ed. Sandra Harbert Petrulionis. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2002.
- Supervised the budget for the Journal Office; trained, assigned, and reviewed the work of four research assistants; maintained electronic and paper archives required under edition’s NEH grant; acted as liaison for Princeton University Press and individual volume editors.
Graduate Research Assistant, Journal Office, The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau (Princeton UP), Georgia State University, 1994-1996.
- Annotated the biographical, literary, and scientific references in Thoreau’s Journal 5 and Journal 6.
Professional Affiliations and Offices
- Association for Documentary Editing (Nominating Committee, 2015-2016; Councilor-at-Large, 2012-2015; Program Committee, 2013, 2010; Chair, Boydston Prize Award Committee, 2013-2014)
- Digital Thoreau (Scholarly Consultant, 2013-present)
- Louisa May Alcott Society
- Margaret Fuller Society (Treasurer, 2016-present)
- Margaret Fuller Transnational Archive (Advisory Board, 2016-present)
- Modern Language Association (Committee on Scholarly Editions, 2016-2020; co-chair, 2017-2019)
- Poe Studies Association (Member-at-Large, 2004-2006)
- Ralph Waldo Emerson Society (Advisory Board, 2013-2016)
- Society for Textual Scholarship
- Society for the Study of American Women Writers
- Thoreau Society