A Bit About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the English Department of Howard University.  My work touches on histories of enslavement, empire, literary/print networks, digital humanities, and gender studies. My book, Sway of the Ottoman Empire on English Identity in the Long Eighteenth Century, was published in 2012 as part of Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History series, and in 2015, I co-edited and contributed to the edited volume Ottoman Empire And European Theatre. Vol. III: Images Of The Harem In Literature And Theatre, part of the Don Juan Archiv in Vienna's Ottomania series. 

I'm currently working on new digital and book projects focused on networks, women, slavery, and empire. I served as a member of multiple committees for the 23 August 2015 Middle Passage Port Marker Ceremony to recognizes Boston's role in chattel slavery in the Americas, including co-authoring and managing the event website (Formerly at BostonMiddlePassage.org, soon to be moved to a new site for New England), and is currently the national liaison to Rhode Island Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project as well as a member of the Advisory Board for the national organization, the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project.

Originally from Clovis, California, I hold doctorate and masters degrees from the University of California, San Diego, and a bachelors from Scripps College: The Women's College (The Claremont Colleges).  My more recent training continues to draw on multiple fields, such as Digital Humanities workshops, courses at Rare Book School, and  the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research.


Research and Teaching Interests 

  • Digital Humanities & Archival Practice
  • Constructions of Race, Nation, & Empire
  • Orientalism & Post-Colonial Studies
  • Histories & Theories of the Novel
  • Histories of Reading,Publishing, Authorship
  • Restoration Drama & Poetry
  • Feminist Theory                                           
  • Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies     
  • Transatlantic & Mediterranean Studies             
  • Trade, Luxury/Exotic Goods, Textiles                 
  • Social Network Analysis                        
  • Free/Forced Labor & Migration

Ways to Contact Me





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If you knit or crochet, my Ravelry handle is EmilyMeri

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