Guest Blogger Profiles

Read more about the scholars and historians who have contributed to this project.

Contributing scholars and historians will include:

W.B. Allen

William B. Allen, Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science and Emeritus Dean, James Madison College, at Michigan State University. 2008-09: Visiting Senior Scholar in the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University. He also served previously on the National Council for the Humanities and as Chairman and Member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He was previously the Ann & Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program on American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He has published extensively. In 2009 appeared Re-Thinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of H. B. Stowe (Lexington Books

Susan Belasco

Susan Belasco is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She is the co-editor of The Bedford Anthology of American Literatureand Approaches to Teaching Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  Her most recent book is Stowe in Her Own Time.   

Robin Bernstein

Robin Bernstein is associate professor of African and African American Studies and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University.  Her book, Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights (New York University Press, November 2011), delves deeply into Uncle Tom’s Cabin to show how the concept of childhood “innocence” became crucial to sharply divergent racial agendas from the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth century.  Her recent articles include “Children’s Books, Dolls, and the Performance of Race; Or, The Possibility of Children’s Literature” (PMLA vol. 126 no. 1 [January 2010] and “Dances with Things: Material Culture and the Performance of Race” (Social Text no. 101 [December 2009]).  “Dances with Things” has won two prizes: the Outstanding Article in a Journal award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the Vera Mowry Roberts Award for Research and Publication, given by the American Theatre and Drama Society.

Catherine Clinton

Catherine Clinton is Chair Professor of U.S. history at Queen’s University Belfast.  Her first book, The Plantation Mistress, appeared in 1982, and she has written or edited over twenty books,  including Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, which was named by the Chicago Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor as one of the best non-fiction works of 2004, and Mrs. Lincoln: A Life  (2009).  She has most recently completed the Penguin Classic edition of Mary Chesnut’s Diary (2011).

Gregg Crane

Gregg Crane is Professor of English at the University of Michigan.  He is the author of Race, Citizenship, Law and American Literature (Cambridge, 2002) and The Cambridge Introduction to the Nineteenth-Century American Novel (Cambridge, 2007).

Jeannine DeLombard

Jeannine DeLombard is Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto, where she teaches American literature and is affiliated faculty with Centre for the Study of the U.S. and the Program in Book History and Print Culture. Her forthcoming book Apprehensions: Reading American Literature in the Shadow of the Gallows (University of Pennsylvania Press) serves as a prequel of sorts to her first book, Slavery on Trial: Law, Print, and Abolitionism (University of North Carolina Press 2007). Professor DeLombard serves on the editorial board of American Literature. In 2009 she was elected lifetime member of the American Antiquarian Society. She was recently awarded the Hennig Cohen Prize for the best work in Melville Studies for 2010 by the Melville Society.

Josephine Donovan

Josephine Donovan is the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin:  Evil, Affliction, and Redemptive Love (1991; rev. ed., Cybereditions, 2001), as well as a number of other works, a complete list of which is available on her web site:  She is Emerita Professor of English at the University of Maine.

Audrey Fisch

Audrey A. Fisch is Professor of English at New Jersey City University.  She is the author of American Slaves in Victorian England (Cambridge, 2000) and Frankenstein: Icon of Western Culture (Helm, 2009), the co-editor of The Other Mary Shelley (Oxford, 199 3), and the editor of the Cambridge Companion to the African American Slave Narrative (2007).

Les Harrison

Les Harrison is an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and, along with Wesley Raabe, is co-editor of Uncle Tom’s Cabin: A Digital Critical Edition.  Professor Harrison’s primary research interest in Stowe centers on nineteenth-century dramatic adaptations of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and, in particular, the competing adaptations staged by George Aiken at the National Theatre and H. J. Conway at P.T. Barnum’s American Museum.  In addition to nineteenth-century American literature, Dr. Harrison is interested in the intersections between literary studies and information technologies grouped under the rubric Digital Humanities.  He is currently in the early stages of research on a project examining chess and the rise of nineteenth-century information technologies in the writings of Edgar Allan Poe.

Joan Hedrick

Joan D. Hedrick is Charles A. Dana Professor of History at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she has taught since 1980 and where she founded and for fifteen years directed the Women’s Studies Program.  Her first book was a critical study of Jack London entitled Solitary Comrade:  Jack London and His Work (Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 1982).  Her Harriet Beecher Stowe:  A Life was published by  Oxford University Press in 1994.  The first full-length biography of Stowe in over fifty years, it won a Christopher Award and the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.  She is also the author of The Oxford Harriet Beecher Stowe Reader (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).

Barbara Hochman

Barbara Hochman is Professor of American Literature in the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. She is the author of The Art of Frank Norris, Storyteller (University of Missouri Press, 1988), Getting at the Author: Reimagining Books and Reading in the Age of American Realism(University of Massachuesetts Press, 2001), and most recently Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Reading Revolution: Race, Literacy, Childhood and Fiction 1851-1911 (University of Massachusetts Press, 2011). She has published many essays on nineteenth and twentieth-century American fiction, interpretive conventions and the history of readion. Her current work-in-progress jumps to the 1920s and examines Nella Larsen-s short career as a children’s librarian in Harlem, analyzing the impact of cultural positioning – especially racialized positioning – on the ways that we select, internalize, use and re-ruse the books that we read.

Melissa Homestead

Mellisa J. Homestead is Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and will be spending the 2010-2011 academic year as a Residential Faculty Fellow at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute. Her book American Women Authors and Literary Property, 1822-1869 (Cambridge 2005) includes a chapter on Stowe v. Thomas, a copyright case about a German translation of Uncle Tom’s Cabin for the American market.

Denise Kohn

Denise Kohn is an associate professor of English at Baldwin-Wallace. She is the co-editor of Transatlantic Stowe: Harriet Beecher Stowe and European Culture with Sarah Meer and Emily Todd, and the editor of the 1856 suffrage novel, Christine: Or Woman’s Trials and Triumphs by Laura Curtis Bullard.

Joy Jordan-Lake

Joy Jordan Lake is a full-time writer, she has taught as an adjunct professor at a number of universities including Baylor University and most recently, Belmont.  Her doctoral dissertation focused on the fictive responses to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and was later published by Vanderbilt University Press as Whitewashing Uncle Tom’s Cabin:  Nineteenth-Century Women Novelists Respond to Stowe. Joy is the author of five books, including Blue Hole Back Home, winner of the Christy Award for Best First Novel, which focuses on racial violence and reconciliation. Her current project is a novel set in Charleston, South Carolina, and Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, please see

Robert Levine

Robert S. Levine is Professor of English and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park. His most recent book is Dislocating Race and Nation (U of North Carolina P, 2008). He is the new General Editor of The Norton Anthology of American Literature, and among his edited books is Stowe’s Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp (U North Carolina P, 2006).

Beth Lueck

Beth L. Lueck is Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  As president of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Society, she organized Harriet Beecher Stowe at 200:  Home, Nation, and Place in the 21st Century in June 2011 at Bowdoin College. She is coeditor with Brigitte Bailey and Lucinda L. Damon-Bach of the book Transatlantic Women:  Essays on Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers in Great Britain (forthcoming from University Press of New England), which includes her essay on Stowe and the Duchess of Sutherland at Stafford House in 1853. She has an essay in the forthcoming collection Also By This Author: E. D. E. N. Southworth Beyond The Hidden Hand, edited by Melissa Homestead and Pamela Washington.

Phillip McFarland

Philip McFarland is the author of two works of fiction and five of nonfiction, including Hawthorne in Concord and Loves of Harriet Beecher Stowe (Grove Press). Currently he is completing a study of the prickly relationship between Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt, scheduled for publication in late 2012. The father of two grown sons, he lives with his wife in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Sarah Meer

Sarah Meer is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Selwyn College. She is the author of Uncle Tom Mania: Slavery, Minstrelsy and Transatlantic Culture in the 1850s. She is also the coeditor, with Denise Kohn and Emily Todd, of Transatlantic Stowe: Harriet Beecher Stowe and European Culture.

Jo-Ann Morgan

She is an associate professor in a dual appointment with the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Art at Western Illinois University, Macomb, where she also hosts a television interview program “15 Minutes with Jo-Ann Morgan” on WIUTV. Jo-Ann Morgan is the author “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” as Visual Culture (University of Missouri Press, 2007) winner of the 2008 Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship. Her articles on African Americans in American visual culture have been published in American Art, Journal of American Studies, Journal of American Culture, and Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) Review. Her online essay “Illustrating Uncle Tom’s Cabin” can be found on the Uncle Tom’s Cabin & American Culture website directed by Stephen Railton at the University of Virginia.

Judith Newman

Judith Newman is Professor of American Studies at the University of Nottingham. She is the recipient of the Arthur Miller Prize, former Chair of the British Association for American Studies and Founding Fellow of the English Association.  She is the editor of Dred : A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1992

Patricia O’Brien

Patricia O’Brien is a novelist and journalist in Washington, DC.  She is the author of nine books, including “Harriet and Isabella,” a story about the split in the Beecher family when Harriet’s brother, Henry Ward Beecher, was accused of adultery.  Her career has spanned covering the White House and the U.S. Congress to authoring several historical novels set in the 19th century, including “The Glory Cloak ,” centered on Louisa May Alcott’s time as a Civil War nurse.

Marjorie Pryse

Dr. Marjorie Pryse is Professor of English at the University at Albany and Visiting Professor in the Department of English at Cornell University (2010-12).  Her research interests include regionalism in American fiction, with particular interests in Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sarah Orne Jewett, Sui Sin Far, and William Faulkner; Appalachian studies, focusing on the concept of work as explored in literature and in Bluegrass music; and psychoanalytic object relations and the reading process.  Publications include Writing out of Place: Women, Regionalism, and American Literary Culture (2003); American Women Regionalists 1850-1910: A Norton Anthology (1992); Conjuring: Black Women, Fiction, and Literary Tradition (1985); The Mark and the Knowledge: Social Stigma in Classic American Fiction (1979); and various edited volumes and critical articles.  Her most recent article is “Inner Duration against Chronological Time: Graphing Memory in Faulkner’s Benjy Section,” Faulkner Journal 35:1 (nominally Fall 2009 issue; actually published Fall 2010).

Wesley Raabe

Wesley Raabe is an Assistant Professor of Textual Editing and American Literature at Kent State University. He is the editor of the National Era text of Uncle Tom’s Cabin for Uncle Tom’s Cabin & American Culture and is at work on “Uncle Tom’s Cabin: A Digital Critical Edition.”

Stephen Railton

Stephen Railton teaches American literature at the University of Virginia.  He is the editor of the Bedford Press edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the creator of the Uncle Tom’s Cabin & American Culture online archive (

David Reynolds

David S. Reynolds, Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review. He received a B.A. magna cum laude from Amherst College and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Reynolds is the author, most recently, of Mightier than the Sword: ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ and the Battle for America and the editor of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin: The Splendid Edition.

Hollis Robbins

Hollis Robbins is a professor of Humanities at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and on the Executive Board of the Center for Africana Studies, where she teaches African American poetry and poetics.  She has published four books on nineteenth-century African American literature: the Penguin Classics edition of Frances E.W. Harper’s 1892 novel Iola Leroy, or, Shadows Uplifted (2010); The Annotated Uncle Tom’s Cabin (2006), co-edited with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; In Search of Hannah Crafts, Essays on The Bondwoman’s Narrative (2003), co-edited with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; and The Selected Works of William Wells Brown (Oxford University Press, 2006), co-edited with Paula Garrett.  Recent work includes the article, “Fugitive Mail: Henry ‘Box’ Brown and Antebellum Postal Politics,” American Studies 50:1/2 (2009). Robbins is currently working on a book about the African American sonnet tradition.

Sarah Robbins

Sarah Ruffing Robbins is the Lorraine Sherley Professor of Literature at TCU in Fort Worth. She is the author of The Cambridge Introduction to Harriet Beecher Stowe (CUP. 2007) and of Managing Literacy, Mothering America (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004; 2006), which won a Choice Award from the American Library Association. In the spring of 2012, her essay on Stowe’s transatlantic literary celebrity will appear in a collection to be published by the University Press of New England. She regularly works with high school teachers interested in teaching about Stowe and other American authors who have been under-represented in the secondary school curriculum.

Susan Ryan

Susan M. Ryan is associate professor and vice chair of English at the University of Louisville. She is the author of The Grammar of Good Intentions: Race and the Antebellum Culture of Benevolence (Cornell UP, 2003) and is currently working on a book project titled “The Moral Economies of American Authorship.” Her most recent scholarship on Stowe (“Stowe, Byron, and the Art of Scandal”) appeared in the March 2011 issue of American Literature.

Adena Spingarn

Adena Spingarn is a PhD candidate in Harvard University’s English Department. Her dissertation, “Uncle Tom in the American Imagination: A Cultural Biography,” examines Uncle Tom’s transformation in American cultural understanding from a heroic Christ figure in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, to a submissive race traitor. A contributor to The Root, her current writing and teaching focus on 19th- and 20th-century American literature and cultural history. This fall, she is teaching a tutorial at Harvard on Uncle Tom’s Cabin as novel, drama, and film.

Emily Todd: Westfield State College

Emily B. Todd is a professor in the English department at Westfield State University. With Denise Kohn and Sarah Meer, she co-edited the essay collection Transatlantic Stowe: Harriet Beecher Stowe and European Culture (Iowa UP, 2006).  She has also published on nineteenth-century reading and publishing history.

Kenneth Warren

Kenneth W. Warren is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago. He is the author of three books: What Was African American Literature? (Harvard 2011); So Black and Blue: Ralph Ellison and the Occasion of Criticism (Chicago 2003); and Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism (Chicago 1993). He is also coeditor with Adolph Reed, Jr. of Renewing Black Intellectual History: The Ideological and Material Foundations of African American Thought (Pardaigm 2009), and has published essays on a variety of writers including, W.E.B. Du Bois, William Dean Howells, Herman Melville, James Weldon Johnson, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Michael Winship

Michael Winship is the Iris Howard Regents Professor of English II at the University of Texas at Austin and has published widely on the history of publishing in the United States during the industrial era.  His 1999 James Russell Wiggins Lecture in the History of the Book in American Culture, delivered at the American Antiquarian Society, was entitled “‘The Greatest Book of Its Kind’: A Publishing History of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

Davarian Baldwin: Trinity College
Patricia Hill: Wesleyan University
Bilal Sekou: University of Hartford
Patricia Turner: UC Davis

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