Curriculum Vitae


Independent Consultant
Programmatic development, grant research and writing, and digitization request proposal writing for rare books. Projects relate to early American history and culture. Clients include the American Antiquarian Society, the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, and Princeton University Libraries. January 2019 to present.

Cape Ann Museum
Director of the Library and Archives at the Cape Ann Museum. May 2018 to April 2019.

  • Supervised two employees, two graduate student intern, and twelve community archivists in the processing of archival collections, web archiving, rare book inventories, and digital projects, including data creation, wrangling, and processing.
  • Oversaw all acquisitions, including 3,000+ issues of Cape Ann newspapers prior to 1900. Worked with the Boston Public Library to have newspaper collection digitized and made freely available.
  • Managed the Reading Room, including developing systems and policies for reference requests, digital imaging requests, and library visits.
  • Built Unfolding Histories: Cape Ann before 1900 as an online exhibition in Omeka+S and curated three mini-exhibitions in the Library and Archives: Feeling Queer on Cape Ann, Illustrated Children’s Books before 1900, and Back to School Books before 1900.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS)
Director for Digital & Book History Initiatives. April 2017 to April 2018.
Digital Humanities Curator. August 2015 to March 2017.
Mellon/American Council of Learned Society Public Fellow Digital Humanities Curator. September 2013 to August 2015.

  • Conceived of and directed Networked Early American Resources (NEAR), a new node for the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC), which includes AAS’s North American Imprints Program and early American digital humanities projects. Oversaw software company’s establishment of the the node in Collex and the transformation of MARC to RDF.
  • Direct the transformation of the Printers’ File, 16,000 index cards that hold information for some 6,000 people in the book trades, detailing basic biographical information, occupations, and firm and newspaper associations from 1640-1820 into a linked open data project. Manage outside contract work as well as data organization and entry done by six employees. Secured $30,000 outside grant funding.
  • Launched the Digital Antiquarian initiative at AAS to explore critical, historical, and practical challenges of archival research and access, offering project-based development and discussion focused on historical information literacy in the digital age. Partnered with New York University to plan a nation-wide conference, the largest conference ever hosted by AAS, and a five-day workshop with eighteen selected participants to seed digital humanities projects at AAS. Requested and received $8,000 from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and $5,000 from New York University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences to help underwrite these events.
  • Managed The Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballads Project: Verses in Vogue with the Vulgar, a project to transform what was to be a three-volume coffee table book into an Omeka-based website with over 800 images and 300 short essays explaining the broadside ballads that Isaiah Thomas collected in Boston from 1812-1814. Managed the budget and four part-time employees, as well as worked with catalogers to extract MARC records and convert them to Dublin Core. Partnered with undergraduate classes to transcribe and to encode the ballads with Textual Encoding Initiative (TEI) XML mark-up. Manage the inclusion of ballad recordings for inclusion in the site and further TEI-encoded transcription.
  • Managed the Mathew Carey Database, including the transformation of a card catalog index of financial records into a relational database that corresponds to the 16,000 scans of the financial records of Carey, Lea, and Company, and Lea and Blanchard, 1784-1859. Oversaw the work of three full-time employees.
  • Co-convener of the Just Teach One: Early African American Print series and director of the Just Teach One series of digital editions on Common-place, the journal of early American life. Supervised digitization and Textual Encoding Initiative (TEI) XML encoding of eighteenth and nineteenth century novels and serials.

Ph.D., English, The University of Texas at Austin. August 2011. Dissertation: “Imperial Authorship and Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Literary Production.”
Co-Directors: Matt Cohen and Lisa Moore.

M.A. English. The University of Texas at Austin, August 2006.

A.B. English and Government. Bowdoin College, summa cum laude, May 2000.

“Critical Cataloguing and the Serials Archive: The Digital Making of ‘Mill Girls in Nineteenth-Century Print’” forthcoming in Archive Journal. Summer 2019. Co-authored with Lindsay DiCuirci.

“Archives-based Digital Projects in Early America” in William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., no. 3 (July 2019): 451-476.

“Digital” in “Keywords in Early American Material Texts” issue of Early American Studies. 16.4 (Fall 2018): 637-642.

“Just Teach One: Early African American Print Culture and the Textual Encoding Initiative” Chapter co-authored with Eric Gardner and Nicole Aljoe for D19: Digital Pedagogies and Nineteenth Century American Literatures (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2018): 117-132.

“Bibliographic Enterprise and the Digital Age: Charles Evans and the Making of Early American Literature”  in American Literary History 29:2 (Summer 2017):331-351.

“‘Black Printers’ on White Cards: Information Architecture in the Database of the Early American Book Trades” in Debates in Digital Humanities edited by Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016): 377-83.

“Figures of Authorship in Mathew Carey’s Transatlantic Yellow Fever Pamphlets, 1793-1795” in Book History. 17(2014):221-249.

“Literary Pirates as Agents of Change” in LATCH: A Journal for the Study of Literary Artifact in Theory, Culture, or History. 5 (Winter 2011): 120-140.

“Archival Triage: Maire Nic Shiubhlaigh’s Notebook at the Harry Ransom Center” in The New Centennial Review 10:1 (Spring 2010): 31-48.

“Symbolic Power in Mary Robinson’s Presidency and Eavan Boland’s Poetry” in New Hibernia Review: A Quarterly Record of Irish Studies. 12.3 (2008): 47-65.

“Gendered Trauma in Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake” in Studies in European Cinema. 3.3 (2006): 211-221.

History in Abundance: Report from the American Historical Association’s 2017 Conference.” Archive Journal. March 2017.

Review of Print Technology in Scotland and America, 1740-1800 by Louis Kirk McAuley. Early American Literature.50.3 (2015): 941-944.

“New Directions in Book History.” Review of Early African American Print Culture edited by Lara Cohen and Jordan Stein and The Grand Chorus of Complaint: Authors and the Business Ethics of American Publishing by Michael Everton. Eighteenth-Century Studies. 46.3 (Spring 2013): 443-446.

“The Mathew Carey Conference: A Transatlantic Figure, A Transatlantic Discussion.” Conference review in The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer. 26:1 (March 2012): 17-20.

“Ireland, America, and the Worlds of Mathew Carey.” Conference review in the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) News 21:1 (Winter 2012): 1.

“Race, Liberty, and the Transatlantic Imaginative.” Review of The Grateful Slave: The Emergence of Race in Eighteenth-Century British and American Culture by George Boulukos and Freedom’s Empire: Race and the Rise of the Novel in Atlantic Modernity, 1640–1940 by Laura Doyle. Eighteenth-Century Studies. 43.1 (Fall 2009): 120-122.

“Norman Mailer Takes on America” in The Mailer Review. 1.1 (2007): 141-175. Co-authored with Cathy Henderson, Rich Oram, and Molly Schwartzburg.

Fellowships and Awards
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing Scholar at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. June 2014.

American Council of Learned Societies Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society. September 2013 to August 2015.

Northeast Modern Language Association Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society. July 2012.

Isaiah Thomas Scholarship to attend “African American Cultures of Print,” the History of the Book Seminar at the American Antiquarian Society. July 2012.

18thConnect Scholar at Digital Humanities Summer Institute of the University of Victoria. June 2012.

Patricia J. Morris Scholarship at the National Quilting Museum. June 2012. Declined.

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Writing Fellow at Southwestern University. August 2011 to June 2012.

Presidential Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. May 2011. Declined.

Outstanding Assistant Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin English Department. July 2010.

Andrew W. Mellon Early American Literature and Material Texts workshop participant at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the Library Company of Philadelphia. 11-16 July 2010.

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Dissertation Fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia.  June 2010.

The University of Texas at Austin Liberal Arts Research Graduate Fellow. December 2009.

The Digital Writing and Research Lab Professional Development Award. November 2008.

Institute of Library and Museum Services Scholarship at Rare Book School of The University of Virginia. July 2007.

National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellow at the University of Texas at San Antonio. June to July 2003.

Oliva Teaching Fellow at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. September 2001 to June 2002.

James Bowdoin Award for Academic Excellence, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. May 1996.

Select Invited Talks and Presentations
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Worcester, MA
Plenary Roundtable at the twenty-second annual conference. June 2016.

Polonsky Foundation Public Lectures in Digital Humanities New York, NY
Talk hosted by the English Department and Bobst Library, New York University. April 2015.

Book: Logic Literary Histories, Material Cultures, Digital Futures Newcastle, Australia
Keynote at the conference hosted by the Early Modern Women’s Research Network at the University of Newcastle. March 2014.

Select Talks and Presentations
Digital Humanities in Montreal, QC
“‘The Technology of Shared Cataloging’: A Retrospective” on Beyond Access: Critical Catalog Constructions. August 2017.

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing in Victoria, BC
“Machine-Readable Moments” on Technologies of the Catalog. June 2017.

American Historical Association in Denver, CO
“Networked Early American Resources” on the Early American History and the New Digital Archive Roundtable. January 2017.

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing in Paris, France
“Copyright Records in the North American Imprints Program, 1790-1800” on Copyright Records in the Digital Age. July 2016.

British and Irish Print Networks in Galway, Ireland
“Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Print Networks in a Linked Data Environment.”
July 2016.

Charisma of the Book: Global Perspectives for 21st Century in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Invited to present “Towards a Digital History of the Book in America.” March 2016.

C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists in State College,PA
Invited to lead a seminar “Digital C19.” March 2016.

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing in Montreal, QC
“Digital Humanities, Now and Then” on the Archival Accumulation: Antiquarian Affect and Obsolescence panel. July 2015.

Polonsky Foundation Public Lectures in Digital Humanities in New York, New York
Invited to present “The Presence of the Past: Histories of the Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Book Trade in the Digital Age” at New York University. April 2015.

Modern Language Association in Vancouver, BC
Presented “The Digital Antiquarian: Remediated Archival Impulses” on the Critical Bibliography for the 21st Century panel. January 2015.

Book Logic in Newcastle, Australia
Invited keynote “The Digital Antiquarian: Archive Design and Public Humanities for the 21st Century.” April 2014.

New Media in American Literature History in Boston, MA
Organized the panel Crosswalks in American Literary History: Designing Relational Databases and presented “The Database of Early American Printing Trades.” December 2013.

Society of Early Americanists in Savannah, GA
“Mathew Carey, Eminent Physician: Philadelphia’s Malignant Fever in Dublin” on the Eighteenth-century Atlantic World of Print Panel. March 2013.

“Robert Bell’s Irish Paine” on the Transatlantic Book History in the Eighteenth Century Panel. January 2013.

Modern Language Association in Boston, MA
“E-Raced: Connecting the Transatlantic Eighteenth Century” on the Open Access? ECCO, EEBO, and Digital Resources Panel. January 2013.

Society for Textual Scholarship in Austin, TX
“Typing Race and Nation: Mathew Carey’s Volunteers Journal.” May 2012.

American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies in San Antonio, TX
“’Absolute Oppression’: The Trade in Books, The Trade in Bodies” on the Slavery, the Book, and Enlightenment Rights panel. March 2012.

American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies in San Antonio, TX
Organized the panel Copyright: Contexts and Contests. Panel sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America. March 2012.

Mathew Carey Conference in Dublin, Ireland
Invited to present “’If that be in my power’: Constructions of Intellectual Property and Citizenship during Philadelphia’s Yellow Fever Epidemic.” November 2011.

East-Central American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies in State College, PA
“Batting Books in A Tub” on the Bibliography, Textual Studies, and Book History II panel. November 2011.

East-Central American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies in State College, PA
Chaired the Bibliography, Textual Studies, and Book History I panel. November 2011.

Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies: Digital Humanities, Teaching and Learning in Austin,TX
Invited Respondent to the What is Access? panel. March 2011.

American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies in Albuquerque, NM
“Exporting Print Capitalism: Dublin’s Printing Press on a Hill” on the Irish Enlightenments/Ireland and the Enlightenment panel.  March 2010.

American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies in Albuquerque, NM
“Mapping Collaboration: Eighteenth-Century Textual Production” on the Digital Eighteenth-Century 2.0 panel. March 2010.

Modern Language Association in Philadelphia, PA
“Literary Pirates as Agents of Change” on the Piracy panel. December 2009.

Modern Language Association in Philadelphia, PA
“Samuel Johnson and his Scottish Printers: Rethinking the Modern English Author” on the Samuel Johnson’s Tercentenary panel. December 2009.

East-Central American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies in
Washington, DC
“The Textual Body in Daniel Defoe’s Colonel Jack” on the Bibliography, Textual Studies, and Book History panel. November 2008.

James Joyce International Symposium in Austin, TX
“’The Page Broods’: Joyce’s Letters in the ‘Mamafesta’” on the Bibliography and Textual Studies panel. June 2007.

Modern Language Association in Philadelphia, PA
“Trading Bodies, Stealing Texts:  Richard Cumberland’s The West Indian” on the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Printing panel. December 2006.

American Conference for Irish Studies Southern Conference in  Columbia, SC
“Cannibalism as Metaphor in Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal” on the Ireland in the Eighteenth Century panel. February 2006.

Service to the Profession
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Lapidus Digital Initiative Advisory Group. September 2015 to present.

E-Resources Editor for Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing News. July 2014-2017.

Taught “A Case Study in Project Development: The Isaiah Thomas Broadside” at Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. June 2016.

Panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities grants. May 2016.

Taught “Digital C19: Project Development Workshop” at C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists biennial conference. March 2016.

Reviewer for American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, and Bibliography. July 2013.

Graduate Student Assembly Representative to the UT Student Library Council. The council maintains effective communication channels between student organizations and UT libraries. The council works with library administrators in reviewing issues and policies. August 2008 to May 2010.

Graduate Student Representative to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. The committee oversees all aspects of the undergraduate curriculum: ensures the curricular coherence and integrity of the major itself; provides standards and methods of evaluation for the major; and is redesigning the 306 and 309 curriculum and their respective course policies. While serving on the committee, I recommended Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food as the first year forum text; it was chosen, and 1,600 UT students read it in their introduction to rhetoric and writing course. August 2008 to May 2009.

Graduate Student Chair of the Ethnic and Third World Literatures Conference. Planned conference with two guest speakers and a number of graduate student panels. Planned preparatory event for the conference, including archival displays at the Harry Ransom Center and the Benson Latin American Collection. Designed and set-up a website to highlight the group’s events and its annual book review. September 2005 to April 2009.

Graduate Student Co-Chair of the International James Joyce Symposium. Organized the call for papers, the panel formation, the program printing, the welcome packets, and many of the activities of the conference. May 2006 to May 2007.

Independently Designed and Autonomously Taught
Graduate Seminar: English Literature of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century (English 540). This course will examine how British authors simultaneously worked to define an emerging world power and to define their own profession, focusing on the politics and laws around print, the construction of gender as a national ideal, and the burgeoning discourse around race in the period. Texts include: Essay on the Regulation of the Press, A Tale of a Tub, The Dunciad Variorum, Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded, selections from Samuel Johnson and James Boswell’s Life of Johnson, The Female American, and Charlotte Temple. St. Bonaventure University. January 2013 to May 2013.

Literature of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century (English 330). This course examines how authors and polemicists of the period drew conclusions about the how to conduct one’s affairs, how to govern and be governed, and how to interact with distant peoples and cultures. Texts include: The Country Wife, Leviathan, Gulliver’s Travels, The Second Treatise on Civil Government, The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker, The Beggar’s Opera, Common Sense, Slavery, A Poem, and Charlotte Temple. St. Bonaventure University. January 2013 to May 2013.

Writing in Digital Environments (Rhetoric 312). This course explores practices of making, describing, storing, and transmitting texts, from papyrus scrolls to Web 2.0. The texts included: Areopagitica, Orality and Literacy, The Great Cat Massacre, The Impact of Writing, Understanding Media, Free Culture, Copyright Criminals, and a number of online sources. UT Austin. Instructor of Record. August 2010 to December 2010.

Literature and the Law (English 314). This course considered how literature help us to think critically about the law and what claims literary texts make about the ways the law should function in society. Texts included: Merchant of Venice, A Modest Proposal, Vindication of the Rights of Women, Maria, Refugee Boy, Guantanamo: ‘Honor Bound to Defend Freedom,’ Do they Hear You When You Cry, and A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Hotel Rwanda, and a number of international human rights conventions. UT Austin. Instructor of Record. August 2009 to December 2009.

Pirates Real and Imagined (Rhetoric 309). This course looked at histories, fictions, and films about pirates, tracing the rhetoric of pirates from the early eighteenth century to the present. Texts included: General History of the Robberies and Murderers of the Most Notorious Pirates, Under the Black Flag, Treasure Island, The Many-Headed Hydra, Benito Cereno, Pirates of the Caribbean, and South Park. UT Austin. Instructor of Record. January 2009 to May 2009.

English Teacher, ninth grade. Convent of the Sacred Heart High School. San Francisco, California. August 2002 to June 2004.

English Teacher, ninth and tenth grades. Phillips Academy. Andover, Massachusetts. September 2001 to
August 2002.

Autonomously Taught
Composition and Critical Thinking I. This course introduces students to academic conversations and writing, giving them practice in summarizing and analyzing argumentation, and then in responding to it. A writing intense course, the curriculum includes many opportunities for students to develop a productive and effective writing process that focuses on production of text, multiple drafts, revision strategies, and editing and proofreading strategies. August 2012 to December 2012

Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing (Rhetoric 306). This course is grounded in the rhetorical analysis of “controversies,” and I focused the class on the question of illegal immigration. In addition to the research into newspapers and the web the students did to investigate their selected controversies related to illegal immigration, they read Luis Urrea’s The Devil’s Highway. UT Austin. Instructor of Record. August 2007 to May 2008 and January 2011 to May 2011.

Teaching Assistant
Introduction to World Literature (English 316). Professor Elizabeth Richmond-Garza. UT Austin. Summer 2011.

Introduction to World Literature (English 316). Professor Brian Doherty. UT Austin. Spring 2005.

Introduction to American Literature (English 316). Professor Joseph Kruppa. UT Austin. Fall 2004.


2 responses to “Curriculum Vitae

  1. Ruhi

    Hello Molly! I’ve been looking for one of your essays, ‘ Gendered trauma in Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake” for a while now. Unfortunately, the essay is not available in my part of the world. If it is not too much trouble, would it be possible for you to email me the soft copy of the essay (as per your convenience)? I earnestly look forward to your reply.

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