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Ruth Halls Professor of English
Ph.D., American Studies, University of Iowa, 1996
M.A., American Studies, University of Iowa, 1992
M.A., English, Stanford University, 1985
B.A., English and History, Stanford University, 1984, with honors
My own academic interests tend to be eclectic. My training is in American Studies, so I favor approaches which are highly interdisciplinary in nature. My specialized field of research is the history of publishing and literacy in the United States. More commonly, I work in the area which has come to be called history of the book studies, and I work primarily in the North American context. I am interested in how different forms of writing influence a vast array of cultural practices from religious preaching to proper etiquette at meals. I have written extensively on the production of the English Bible in America. I have also edited a collection of essays on typography and textual interpretation and an anthology on nineteenth century American popular literature. For more information about me, you can visit my personal homepage.
Selected Publications (click images for more information)
Partial List of Awards
President's Arts and Humanitites Initiative, Indiana University.
Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University.
Fellowship, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University.
Pew Program in Religion and American History Faculty Fellowship, through Yale University.