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NoonanMark Noonan is Associate Professor of English at New York City College of Technology (CUNY). He is author of Reading the Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine: American Literature and Culture, 1870-1893 (Kent State UP, 2010) as well as articles on Paul Laurence Dunbar, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Norman Mailer. Recent publications include reviews inAmerican Periodicals and the Journal of American Studies, "Howling Mad: Allen Ginsberg, Mad Magazine, and the Cultural Wars of the 1950s" in Seriously Funny: Humor in Journalism, and "Getting the Word Out: Disseminating Working-Class Literature in the Periodicals" in the Cambridge Companion to Working-Class Literature, edited by Timothy Coles and Paul Lauter. He is co-editor of The Place Where We Dwell: Reading and Writing about New York City and served as Executive Editor of the Columbia Journal of American Studies from 1998-2009. He presently serves on the Advisory Board of American Periodicals.


Principal Faculty

DrouinJeffrey Drouin is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Tulsa and Associate Director of the Modernist Journals Project. He is the author of James JoyceScience, and Modernist Print Culture: "The Einstein of English Fiction" (Routledge, 2014). He works on British and Irish modernism in the transatlantic context, with a particular focus on the novel, periodicals, and Digital Humanities. Through teaching and research, he also explores the use of computational models to map and visualize modernist literature and avant-garde magazines in both the anglophone and francophone contexts. His next book project stems from the Ecclesiastical Proust Archive (http://proustarchive.org), a digital, multimedia resource for analysis of À la recherche du temps perdu.


mckible.jpgAdam D. McKible, who received his MA and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, teaches American and African American literature. His most recent publication is Little Magazines and Modernism: New Approaches (Ashgate, 2007), which he collected and co-edited with Suzanne Churchill, Davidson College, NC. In 2004, Harper Collins published Edward Christopher Williams's When Washington Was in Vogue, a previously lost novel of the Harlem Renaissance discovered and introduced by Professor McKible. He is also the author of The Space and Place of Modernism:The Russian Revolution, Little Magazines, and New York (Routledge, 2002). His essays on little magazines and on African American literature appear in The Black Press (Rutgers, 2001), African American ReviewContemporary Literature CriticismThe Dictionary of Literary Biography,American Periodicals, and various encyclopedias. 


simon.jpgJanice Simon is Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Art History in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia where she has taught since 1988. She received her MA and Ph.D. (with Great Distinction) in Art History from the University of Michigan. She graduated from SUNY/Buffalo summa cum laude with a B.A. in Art History. Her dissertation "The Crayon (1855-1861): The Voice of Nature in Criticism, Poetry and the Fine Arts," still stands as the most important and comprehensive study of America's premier art journal of the antebellum period. Her article on the Crayon and American periodical covers appeared in the inaugural issue of American Periodicals in Fall 1991, and in 2010 she served as guest editor for an issue on "American Periodicals and Visual Culture," covering a diverse range of periodicals from the antebellum period through the eve of World War II.  She has published as well on the 1870s New York art journal, The Aldine, as well as the role of periodicals in art criticism. One of her current book projects is "The Crayon (1855-1861) and The Aldine (1868-1879):  Idea and Image in the American Art Periodical Before and After the Civil War." A specialist in American art, especially landscape painting and photography, she has written essays on John Frederick Kensett, William James Stillman, George Henry Hall, Asher Durand, Alexander Wyant, and Charles Burchfield, among others.


Visiting Lecturers and Session Leaders

brown.jpgJoshua Brown is Executive Director of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning and professor of history at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is author of Beyond the Lines: The Pictorial Press, Everyday Life, and the Crisis of Gilded Age America (2002) and co-author of Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction(2005). A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he is currently writing a book-length study of the visual culture of the Civil War. He has co-produced numerous award-winning documentary and digital projects, including Who Built America?History MattersThe Lost Museum, and The September 11 Digital Archive, and his art appears regularly in print and online—most recently Ithaca, a graphic novella about Reconstruction serialized 
on the Common-place website (2010-13).


churchill.jpgSuzanne W. Churchill is Professor of English at Davidson College. She is the author of The Little Magazine Others & the Renovation of Modern American Poetry and co-editor, with Adam McKible, of Little Magazines & Modernism: new approaches. She has published articles on modernist and Harlem Renaissance magazines, poetry, and pedagogy inAmerican PeriodicalsCriticism, Journal of Modern Literature,Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, Modernism/Modernity,Sagetrieb, and several edited collections. She is also the founder and editor of the website, Index of Modernist Magazines (http://sites.davidson.edu/littlemagazines/).


digirolamo.jpgVincent DiGirolamo has been teaching American History at Baruch College since 2003. A native Californian, he began his studies at Monterey Peninsula College and received a B.A. in journalism from University of California at Berkeley in 1978. Over the next nine years he edited union and ethnic newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area, co-produced the award-winning PBS documentary "Monterey's Boat People," and taught newswriting at the Graduate Institute of Journalism of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. Aided by a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education, he studied comparative social history at the University of California at Santa Cruz, receiving his MA in 1989, and U.S. History at Princeton University, earning a Ph.D. in 1997. Before arriving at Baruch, DiGirolamo taught at George Mason University, where he was the inaugural J.N.G. Finley Post-Doctoral Fellow, and at Colgate University and Princeton University. His research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Antiquarian Society, PSC-CUNY grants, and a Eugene Lang Fellowship. He is the author of many essays and reviews, and Crying the News: A History of America's Newsboys, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Professor DiGirolamo teaches courses on 19th and 20th U.S. History, immigration, labor, and New York City. He lives in East Setauket, New York, with his wife, the historian April Masten, and their daughter Cara. 


conolly-smith.jpgPeter Conolly-Smith is an Associate Professor of American cultural and social history at CUNY-Queens College. He is the author of Translating America: An Immigrant Press Visualizes American Popular Culture, 1895-1918 (Smithsonian, 2004) as well numerous articles on the German immigrant experience. These focus in particular on the construction of ethnicity in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century film, literature, theater and, especially, the German ethnic press. 


earle.jpgDavid M. Earle is Associate Professor of Transatlantic Modernism and Print Culture at the University of West Florida. He is author of Re-Covering Modernism: Pulps, Paperbacks, and the Prejudice of Form (2009) and All Man!: Hemingway, 1950s Men's Magazines, and the Masculine Persona(2009). More recently, he has published on pulp magazines and modernism for the The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, Volume 2; Joseph Conrad's paperback publications for Studia Neophilologica; and confessional magazines of the 1920s for The Journal of Modern Periodical Studies. His online projects include the Digital Newsstand, an online re-creation of a newsstand from 1925.


kane.jpgDaniel Kane is currently Reader in English and American Literature at the University of Sussex, Brighton, England. His research focuses on New York City's postwar avant-gardes. His publications include All Poets Welcome: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene in the 1960s and We Saw the Light: Conversations between the New American Cinema and Poetry.  His latest book-project, Poetry and Punk Rock in New York City (Columbia UP) is forthcoming in 2016.


keyser.jpgCatherine Keyser is an associate professor and a Peter and Bonnie McCausland Fellow of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina. Her book, Playing Smart: New York Women Writers and Modern Magazine Culture (Rutgers UP 2010), explores the public personae and literary wit of women writers from the 1920s and 1930s—such as Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Mary McCarthy—who used their celebrity platform to criticize the feminine roles of their day. Her contribution to the New Literary History of America (Harvard UP 2009), edited by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors, "Girls Who Wear Glasses," brings the importance of these humorists to a broader audience and was singled out for praise in the reviews of the volume that appeared in the New York Review of Books and the journal American Literature. Keyser's scholarly articles have appeared in American PeriodicalsThe Journal of Modern Periodical StudiesModernist Cultures, and American Literary Realism. She is currently at work on a book project about modern food technologies and cultural anxieties in American literature, tentatively entitled Modern Taste.


roff.jpgSandra Roff is Professor and Head of the Archives & Special Collections Division at Baruch College/CUNY. She is author of several articles on American periodicals , published in American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, and Bibliography, as well as numerous articles on a variety of American history topics. She is co-author of From the Free Academy to CUNY and has curated many exhibits including "The Female Touch: The Ladies' Periodical as a Reflection of an Age," at the New-York Historical Society.


roggenkamp.jpgKaren Roggenkamp is Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where she teaches classes in American literature and the history of children's and adolescent literature. Dr. Roggenkamp's research focuses on nineteenth-century American periodical culture, and she is the author ofNarrating the News: New Journalism and Literary Genre in Late Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers and Fiction (Kent State UP, 2005), as well as several articles about the intersections between the newspaper and literary marketplaces. She is also co-editor of American Periodicals, the journal of the Research Society for American Periodicals.


Support Staff

la casse.jpgChristopher La Casse is a PhD candidate at the University of Delaware and English Lecturer at the United States Coast Guard Academy. His dissertation, Imagining the Great War in Literary Magazines: Poetry, The Little Review, and Reveille,offers fresh insight into a crucial moment in the history of Anglo-American literary modernism by showing how political, cultural, and economic pressures transformed seminal literary periodicals that were advancing competing literary representations of the war. He will serve as Project Coordinator.


Mariam Touba is a longtime reference librarian at the New-York Historical Society, overseeing its extensive collection of 18th and 19th century newspapers.  She has curated exhibitions on American newspapers, broadsides, and Thomas Paine and writes and blogs on early American history.