Who We Are

The team originally responsible for envisioning, building, and managing this website was comprised of faculty members, staff and students at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. The TCU library, TCU’s AddRan College of Liberal Arts, and an Instructional Development Grant provided crucial support for preparing and launching the site.

Contributors and members of our online community now include colleagues from around the world who share an interest in transatlantic teaching. Join us!


Linda Hughes 

Linda K. Hughes, Addie Levy Professor of Literature at Texas Christian University, was led to transatlanticism by her interests in nineteenth-century periodicals, gender, and publishing history, as well as by teaching an undergraduate course in British literature entitled “Imagining America.” Her transatlantic publications include “‘Between Politics and Deer Stalking: Browning’s Periodical Poetry” (Victorian Poetry 52.1 [Spring 2014]); A Feminist Reader: Feminist Thought from Sappho to Satrapi (4 vol., Cambridge UP, 2013), co-edited with Sharon M. Harris; “Reluctant Lions:  Michael Field and the Transatlantic Literary Salon of Louise Chandler Moulton” (in Michael Field and Their World, ed. Margaret D. Stetz and Cheryl A. Wilson, Rivendale Press, 2007); and Graham R.: Rosamund Marriott Watson, Woman of Letters (2005, winner of the Colby Prize). She is the co-author, with Michael Lund, of The Victorian Serial (1991) and Victorian Publishing and Mrs. Gaskell’s Work (1999), and author/(co-)editor of six other books and over one hundred book chapters and articles. Serving on numerous editorial boards, she is the recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities grants, the biennial British Women Writers Association Award for contributions to scholarship and mentoring (2012), and several teaching awards at TCU.

Sarah Robbins  

Sarah R. Robbins is Lorraine Sherley Professor of Literature at TCU, where she teaches courses on 19th– and 20th-century American literature, transatlantic studies, gender studies, popular literature, writing and authorship, and cross-cultural studies. Her most recent monograph is Learning Legacies: Archive to Action through Women’s Cross-cultural Teaching. She is also author of The Cambridge Introduction to Harriet Beecher Stowe and of Managing Literacy, Mothering America, winner of a Choice Book Award. With historian Ann Pullen, she prepared the award-winning critical edition of Nellie Arnott’s Writings on Angola, 1905-1913: Missionary Narratives Linking Africa and America. Additionally, she co-edited Bridging Cultures: International Women Faculty Transforming the US Academy. Before coming to TCU, she served for over a decade as founding director of the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project, a National Writing Project site in northwest Georgia, where she earned the Governor’s Award in the humanities for leading numerous public humanities programs. Drawing on those initiatives, she co-edited essay collections on civic engagement, including Writing Our Communities and Writing America: Classroom Literacy and Public Engagement. As co-director of the multi-year NEH project on “Making American Literatures,” she collaborated with secondary and university educators from around the US to create new frameworks for teaching based on a more inclusive version of the field. Prior to helping envision Teaching Transatlanticism’s online presence, her earlier collaborative work on humanities-oriented websites included “Keeping and Creating American Communities” and “Women’s Work in the Long Nineteenth Century.

Andrew Taylor  


Andrew Taylor is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and specialises in nineteenth-century North American literature and intellectual history, as well as having an interest in the intersection of historiography and contemporary American fiction. He is the author of Henry James and the Father Question (2002), Thinking America: New England Intellectuals and the Varieties of American Experience (2010), and co-author of Thomas Pynchon(2013). He has written several articles on American writing and culture, and is the co-editor of: The Afterlife of John Brown (2005), Transatlantic Literary Studies: A Reader (2007), Stanley Cavell: Literature, Philosophy, Criticism (2012), and Stanley Cavell, Literature and Film: The Idea of America (2013). He is currently working on an edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel The Wrecker (for Edinburgh University Press), and is beginning to think about a book project on nineteenth-century American biography. He is also co-editor of the Edinburgh Critical Studies in Atlantic Literatures and Cultures, published by Edinburgh University Press.

Heidi Hakimi-Hood  

Heidi S. Hakimi-Hood, who holds M.A. degrees in English and Spanish, is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Texas Christian University, where she studies rural and agricultural representations in long nineteenth-century British writings. Her additional research interests include transatlantic/transnational literatures, Latin American and Peninsular Spanish-language literatures, taste, and historic culinary texts.  Currently serving as the Addie Levy Research Fellow, she is co-author of “Cookery and Copyright: A History of One Cookbook in Three Acts” (under consideration) and attended the Reading Historic Cookbooks Seminar at Harvard University in June 2015.


Adam Nemmers  

Adam Nemmers is an Assistant Professor of American Literature at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. His research interests include modernism, multi-ethnic literature, radicalism, transatlanticism, and the New Woman. His recent or forthcoming publications include essays on Faulkner, Popular Modernism; Revisiting Harper Lee; Working-class Literature, and Hoodoo, Voodoo, and Conjure in African American Literature.



Web Editor: Sofia Prado Huggins

Sofia Prado Huggins is a Ph.D. student at Texas Christian University. Her research focuses on how transatlantic publishing networks enabled intersections between social reform movements. Her article, “Slavery, Sex, and Social Networks: The Reception of Harriet Jacobs’s The Deeper Wrong; or, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl in the British Periodical Press” appears in the April 2017 issue of Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations. Sofia is currently serving as the Addie Levy Research Fellow and is the Web Editor for the Teaching Transatlanticism website.


Former Web Editors: Tyler Branson & Marie Martinez

Tyler Branson (PhD Texas Christian University) is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Composition at the University of Toledo. He specializes in rhetorical approaches to public and professional writing, with secondary interests in writing program administration, writing assessment, and histories of composition. His most recent co-authored article is titled “Collaborative Ecologies of Emergent Assessment: Challenges and Benefits Linked to a Writing-based Institution-Level Partnership” and is forthcoming in College Composition and Communication, the flagship journal in the field of composition studies. His work has also appeared in WPA: Writing Program Administration and edited collections from West Virginia University Libraries, Cambridge University Press, and University of Edinburgh Press. He teaches a range of graduate and undergraduate courses in professional and technical writing, writing theory, and writing pedagogy.


bio.marieMarie Martinez, lead manager of the “Commons Workspace” and member of the digital design team for the Teaching Transatlanticism project, is a Ph.D. candidate at Texas Christian University.   Her primary research areas include British literature in the nineteenth century and Victorian periodicals. Marie is particularly interested in transatlantic discourses and networks of nineteenth-century periodicals and other literatures as they intersect with and complicate Victorian theories of contagion, travel, industrialization, and sensation fiction. Her dissertation project is entitled Victorian Outbreak Narratives: The Influence of Cholera on the Nineteenth- Century Literary Imagination. Marie’s teaching includes a variety of composition and literature courses. Currently, she is teaching a course entitled “19th-century Contagion” which examines the ways a selection of American and British novels, poems, and short stories represent and conceive of literal and metaphorical contagion