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!

Web Team

Editor-in-Chief: Sofia Prado Huggins

Sofia Prado Huggins is a Ph.D. candidate in English Literature at TCU. Sofia’s research interests include late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century global anglophone literatures, periodical studies, and geohumanities. Her dissertation, “Blank Spaces: Global Geographies of Moral Capitalism in The Anti-Slavery Reporter, 1831-1833,” historizes the geographic and conceptual centering of whiteness in liberal progressivism in late eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century antislavery archives. Sofia is the Digital Editor of the Teaching Transatlanticism website and the Digital Anthology. You can email Sofia at s.c.huggins@tcu.edu

Faculty Director: 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 the 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. You can email Sarah at s.robbins@tcu.edu.

Dean of TCU Library: Tracy L. Hull

Tracy L. Hull currently is the dean of Texas Christian University’s library where she previously held the position of associate dean for thirteen years. Tracy’s background has focused on reference, library instruction and more recently aspects of human resources. Tracy holds an MS in Library and Information Science, a MA in Art History and a BA in Liberal Arts (Art History) all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to arriving at TCU, Tracy held library positions at Duke University, Georgia State University and Drexel University. Her career highlights include creation of the library instruction program at Duke University to implementation of the liaison program at TCU.

Teaching Resources Editor: Abigayle Claggett

Abigayle Claggett is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at TCU, and currently serves as the Addie Levy Research Associate. She is also the Teaching Resources Content Coordinator for the Teaching Transatlanticism site. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century transatlantic women’s writing, and she is particularly interested in women’s literary networks and Antiguan literary production. Abigayle recently published an article on the earliest Antiguan novel in Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations, and is working on digitally recovering Antigua’s first literary journal. You can email Abigayle at a.farrier@tcu.edu.

Copy Editor: Sanjana Chowdhury

Sanjana Chowdhury is a PhD student in the Department of English at Texas Christian University. She has also completed graduate certificates in Women and Gender Studies, and Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies. Her research interests include Victorian literature, postcolonial theory, feminist theory, critical race theory, Anglo-Indian cuisine, and British Empire history. Sanjana is the copyeditor for the Teaching Transatlanticism website. You can email Sanjana at s.chowdhury7@tcu.edu.

Books Editor: Ammie E. Harrison

Ammie E. Harrison is the Humanities and Theatre Librarian at Mary Couts Burnett Library at Texas Christian University. She is the research librarian for English Literature, Rhetoric, and Composition, Modern Languages Studies, Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Film, Television, and Digital Media, Theatre, and Women and Gender Studies. She holds a bachelors in English Literature and Gender Studies from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, a masters in English Literature from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a masters in Library and Information Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Ammie’s research interested focus on 20th century Irish Literature and constructions of masculinities, specifically focusing on the body and homosocial culture. You can email Ammie at a.harrison@tcu.edu.

Social Media Editor: Saffyre Falkenberg

Saffyre Falkenberg is the 2021-2022 Lorraine Sherley Research Associate to Dr. Sarah Robbinsy. She is a PhD student in English with a graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies and is also working towards a certificate in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. Broadly, her research is focused on the ways in which girls and women engage with and are represented in popular culture, especially in terms of gender, sexuality, and disability. She has published her scholarship in an edited collection on adaptation in young adult literature and has a forthcoming essay in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly. You can email Saffyre at s.falkenberg@tcu.edu.

Images Editor: Rachel E. Johnston

Rachel E. Johnston earned her PhD from Texas Christian University in 2020 with a focus on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century transatlantic literature—specifically in art and novels. Her interests include the portrayal of marriage (particularly failed marriage), and motherhood as well as domesticity studies and the self-fashioning of public female identities through portraiture and literature. You can email Rachel at r.johnston@tcu.edu.

 

Print Editorial Team

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 the 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

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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 Hakimi-Hood is a Secondary Spanish Teacher at Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. Her research interests include long nineteenth century British, Iberian, and Latin American Literatures.

 
 
 

Adam Nemmers

Adam Nemmers is an Assistant Professor of English at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where he teaches courses in American literature. His research focuses on modernism and multi-ethnic American literature, including recent essays and articles on Passing, Richard Wright, Faulkner, Harper Lee, and the Harlem Renaissance. His monograph, American Modern(ist) Epic: Novels to Refound a Nation, was published by Clemson University Press in 2021.

 

Former Web Editors: Tyler Branson and 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.

Marie 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