Amanda Gailey

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Associate Professor
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Phillips University, BA (1998)

Creighton University, MA (2000)

University of Nebraska, PhD (2006)

Areas of Specialty

Digital humanities, with a specialization in text editing and digital archives

Nineteenth-century American literature, especially Whitman, Dickinson, and late nineteenth-century children's literature

Editorial theory

Selected Publications and Projects


Proofs of Genius: Collected Editions from the American Revolution to the Digital Age, University of Michigan Press, 2015

Electronic Projects

Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing (co-edited with Andrew Jewell)

The Tar Baby and the Tomahawk: Race and Ethnic Images in American Children's Literature, 1880-1939 (co-edited with Gerald Early and D.B. Dowd)


“Teaching Attentive Reading and Motivated Writing through Digital Editing,” CEA Critic 76.3 (Spring/Summer 2014), 191-199

"Cold War Legacies in Digital Editing," Textual Cultures 7.1 (Spring 2012), 3-17

“Editing in the Age of Automation,” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 54.3 (Fall 2012), 340-356

“Credential Creep in the Digital Humanities” (co-authored with Dot Porter), Alternative Careers in the Digital Humanities, ed. Bethany Nowviskie, online, 2011 (, 2285 words

“Rethinking Digital Editing Practices to Better Address Noncanonical Texts,” Documentary Editing 2010 (2010), 89-100

“A Case for Heavy Editing: the Example of Race and Children’s Literature of the Gilded Age,” The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age, eds. Amy Earhart and Andrew Jewell, University of Michigan Press, 2010, 125-144

“Walt Whitman and the King of Bohemia: The Poet in the Saturday Press,” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 25.4 (Spring 2008), 143-166. [Reprinted in Whitman Among the Bohemians, ed. Edward Whitley and Joanna Levin, University of Iowa Press, forthcoming]

“The Publication History of Leaves of Grass,” The Blackwell Companion to Walt Whitman, ed. Donald Kummings, Blackwell, 2006, 409-438

“How Anthologists Made Dickinson into a Tolerable Woman Writer,” Emily Dickinson Journal 14.1 (Spring 2005), 62-83

Recent Talks

“Teaching Digital Editing," University of London, London, England, 2015

“Archival Activism,” American Literature Association, Boston, MA, 2015

“The Politics of Editing," Indiana University, 2015

“Editing Children’s Literature," Kansas State University, 2014

“Close Reading in an Age of Text Glut,” University of Kansas, 2014

“Aggregate Archives and Digital Dump Digging,” Society for Textual Scholarship, Seattle, WA, 2014

“New Directions in Digital Editing,” University of Alabama, 2014

“Searching for Topsy,” Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 2013


President, Research Society for American Periodicals

Board Member, Society for Textual Scholarship

Former President, Digital Americanists