Editorial Staff

Adam Sills is an Associate Professor of English at Hofstra University, where he specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature and, more specifically, the discourses of geography and cartography and their relationship to the literature of the period. Dr. Sills has published articles on the intersections and tensions between cartographic representation and eighteenth-century British literature in English Literary HistoryJournal of Narrative Theory, and Literature Compass and has a book forthcoming from AMS Press, Against the Map: Cartography, Nation, and the Politics of Geography in Britain, 1678-1814. He is also co-editor for the online journal, Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries. His current research project, “A Frightful Number!”: Mapping Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year involves digitally mapping Defoe’s novel and, with the support of Hofstra’s Digital Research Center (DRC), developing a digital application called Itinerary, which will enable scholars to analyze works of literature through the use of contemporary mapping technologies.

Christopher Loar is an Associate Professor at Western Washington University, where he teaches literatures of the long eighteenth century from both Britain and the Americas. He has published essays on imperial military memoirs, James Boswell’s melancholy, and Robinson Crusoe’s firearms. His first book, Political Magic: British Fictions of Savagery and Sovereignty, 1650-1750 (Fordham 2014) examines the role that the concept of savagery played in this period’s fictional reimagining of political categories. His current research interests include environmental writing in the long eighteenth century, narratives of the British empire, and early modern political theory.

Book Review Editor

Jason Pearl is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies at Florida International University. He specializes in British literature of the “long” eighteenth century, roughly from 1660 to 1830. His first book, Utopian Geographies and the Early English Novel (Virginia, 2014), examines the relationship between early modern utopian literature; geography, cartography, and travel writing; and the history of the English novel. His second book project is entitled “Aerial Prospects: Seeing from Above in Eighteenth-Century Britain.” In addition, Pearl has written articles and reviews published or forthcoming in Studies in English Literature, Eighteenth-Century Life, Studies in the Novel, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation, SHARP News (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing), and Digital Defoe, as well as the edited volume Travel Narratives, the New Science, and Literary Discourse, 1569-1750.

Technical Editors

Nicole Keller Day is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Northeastern University. Her research and teaching interests include women’s scientific writing, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, and digital humanities. She is currently writing her dissertation, “Making Her Case: Gendered Evidence and Women’s Astronomical Writing of the Long Eighteenth Century.” Nicole works as the Acquisitions Lead for the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, as a Research and Encoding Specialist for the Women Writers Project, and as a Technical Editor for Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries.

Katie Sagal is a recent graduate of Tufts University whose research focuses on women’s literature, scientific writing, and material culture of the long eighteenth century. Her current book projects involve women’s scientific work and women’s periodicals of the eighteenth century. She has published on Tristram Shandy, Charlotte Lennox’s The Lady’s Museum and The Female Quixote, and has a survey of critical work about Lady Mary Wortley Montagu forthcoming.

Social Media Editor

Corrina Readioff is a PhD student at the University of Liverpool. She is currently exploring the history and function of pre-chapter epigraphs in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novels. More widely, her research interests include all aspects of the early development of the novel, and the relationship between material culture and text during the long eighteenth century. As well as managing the social media pages of the online journal, Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries, she also writes the blog, The Age of Oddities: Reading the Eighteenth Century, to encourage readers of all tastes and backgrounds to enjoy the delights of eighteenth-century literature. She has also written for the Johnsonian News Letter, and the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Criticks website.

Editorial Review Board

Leith Davis
Simon Fraser University

Stephen H. Gregg
Bath Spa University

Penny Pritchard
University of Hertfordshire

Pat Rogers
University of South Florida

Janet Sorensen
University of California Berkeley

Rivka Swenson
Virginia Commonwealth University

Founding Editors

Katherine Ellison
Illinois State University

Holly Faith Nelson
Trinity Western University

Editorial Assistant

Jaimie Gleissner

Site Design 

Katherine Ellison & Keely Siciliano