- Smith College, A.B. 1985 (magna cum laude with high honors in English)
- University of Pennsylvania, A.M. 1987
- University of Pennsylvania, PhD 1998
Areas of Specialty
American Literature and the History of the Book from the Early Republic through the early 20th century, with a focus on women’s authorship; the American novel; Catharine Sedgwick; Willa Cather
- Coordinator of Assessment, English Department
- American Women Authors and Literary Property, 1822-1869. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2005 (pbk 2010) (chapters on Catharine Sedgwick, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Fanny Fern, Augusta Jane Evans, and Mary Virginia Terhune).
- With Ellen Foster, co-editor Clarence; or, a Tale of Our Times (1830) by Catharine Maria Sedgwick. Peterborough, ON: Broadview, 2011. Honorable Mention, Society for the Study of American Women Writers Edition Award, 2012.
- With Guy Reynolds, co-editor Willa Cather and Modern Cultures. Cather Studies 9. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2011. Introduction available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/114/
- With Pamela T. Washington, co-editor, E.D.E.N. Southworth: Recovering a Nineteenth-Century Popular Novelist. U of Tennessee P, December 2012. Introduction available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/123/
- Project Director of a Digital Edition of Every Week Magazine (1915-1918). Pilot site accessible at http://everyweek.unl.edu
- Associate Editor, The Complete Letters of Willa Cather, funded by an NEH Scholarly Editions Grant. cather.unl.edu/completeletters.html
- “Willa Cather, Sarah Orne Jewett, and the Historiography of Lesbian Sexuality,” forthcoming in Willa Cather and the Nineteenth Century (Cather Studies 10). Forthcoming 2015.
- "American Novelist Catharine Sedgwick Negotiates British Copyright, 1822-1857," Yearbook of English Studies, topic: Book History and Literature, editors Stephen Colclough and Sandro Jung. Forthcoming 2015.
- With Terry Heller, "'The Other One': An Unpublished Chapter of Sarah Orne Jewett's Country of the Pointed Firs," J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 2.2 (2014): 133-167. Edition of manuscript accompanied by substantial essay.
- “Willa Cather, Edith Lewis, and Collaboration: The Southwestern Novels of the 1920s and Beyond.” Studies in the Novel 45.3 (2013): 408-431.
- “From Periodical to Book in her Early Career: E. D. E. N. Southworth’s Letters to Abraham Hart.” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 29.1 (2012): 115-47. Available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/115/
- “The Shape of Catharine Sedgwick’s Career.” Cambridge History of American Women’s Literature. Ed. Dale Bauer. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012. 185-203.
- “Edith Lewis as Editor: Every Week Magazine and the Contexts of Cather’s Fiction.” Willa Cather: A Writer’s Worlds. Cather Studies 8. Ed Robert Thacker and John Murphy. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2010. 325-52. Available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/112/
- With Camryn Hansen, "Susanna Rowson’s Transatlantic Career.”Early American Literature 45.3 (2010): 619-54. Available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/132/
- “Did a Woman Writer the Great American Novel?: Judging Women’s Fiction in the Nineteenth Century and Today” (review essay of Elaine Showalter’s A Jury of Her Peers). Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 29.2 (2010): 447-57. Available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/113/
- “Middlebrow Readers and Pioneer Heroines: Willa Cather’s My Antonia, Bess Streeter Aldrich’s A Lantern in Her Hand, and the Popular Fiction Market.” Crisscrossing Borders in the Literature of the American West. Ed. Reginald Dyck and Cheli Reutter. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009. 75-94. available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/78/
- With Anne L. Kaufman. "Nebraska, New England, New York: Mapping the Foreground of Willa Cather and Edith Lewis’s Creative Partnership." Western American Literature 43.1 (2008): 41-69. available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/77/
- “The Beginnings of the American Novel.” Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature, ed. Kevin J. Hayes. New York: Oxford UP, 2008. 527-46. available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/79/
- "The Publishing History of Augusta Jane Evans's Confederate Novel Macaria: Unwriting Some Lost Cause Myths." Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures 28.3-4 (2005): 665-702. available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/73/
- "When I Can Read My Title Clear: Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Stowe v. Thomas Copyright Infringement Case." Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies 27 (2002): 201-45. available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/45/ (a revised and expanded version appears my book)
- “Behind the Veil: Sedgwick and Anonymous Publication.” Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Critical Perspectives. Ed. Lucinda L. Damon-Bach and Victoria Clements. Boston: Northeastern UP, 2002. 19−35. Available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/124/
- "'Every Body Sees the Theft': Fanny Fern and Literary Proprietorship in Antebellum America." New England Quarterly 74 (2001): 210-37. available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/51/ (a revised and expanded version appears in my book)
- “‘Links of Similitude’: The Narrator of The Country of the Pointed Firs and Author-Reader Relations at the End of the Nineteenth Century. Jewett and Her Contemporaries: Reshaping the Canon. Ed. Karen L. Kilcup and Thomas S. Edwards. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 1999. 76-98. available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/74/
Introductions and Bibliographies
- Introduction, The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather. New York: Signet Classics, 2007. Available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/125/
- Lucinda L. Damon-Bach, Allison J. Roepsch, and Melissa J. Homestead. “Chronological Bibliography of the Works of Catharine Maria Sedgwick.” Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Critical Perspectives. Ed. Lucinda L. Damon-Bach and Victoria Clements. Boston: Northeastern UP, 2002. 295-313. Available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/119/
- Melissa J. Homestead and Vicki L. Martin. “Chronological Bibliography of E.D.E.N. Southworth’s Works Privileging Periodical Publication.” E.D.E.N. Southworth: Recovering a Nineteenth-Century Popular Novelist. Melissa J. Homestead and Pamela T. Washington, eds. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 2012. 285-306. Available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/133/