Koshland Director HCAH/Associate Professor of English
Laura McGrane is Associate Professor of American and British Literature at Haverford College. She has published articles on eighteenth-century print and performance in MLQ and other journals and is finishing revisions on a book manuscript entitled Oracular Politics in English Print and Popular Culture, 1680-1800. She completed her doctoral work at Stanford University and also conducted research as a Rhodes Scholar at the Educational Policy Unit of the University of the Western Cape, RSA in the 1990s. She co-organized and hosted a Mellon-23-funded symposium on “The New (Digital) Archivalism,” investigating the contributions liberal arts colleges bring to this crucial turn in the humanities (Haverford, 2009). With colleagues at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges, she launched the Tri-College Digital Humanities Initiative in 2010, and co-advised Re:Humanities, the first national undergraduate DH conference organized and hosted by students. She is on the editorial board of 18thConnect (http://www.18thConnect.org) and has a forthcoming piece on “Teaching the Digital Archive in Early Modern News Culture.” Her current book project, Transatlantic Anatomies and Archives of Exchange, studies both the metaphors and practices of exchange between early American and eighteenth-century Britain and the digital archives through which scholars and students access these materials.
- PhD English and American Literature, Stanford University
- MSc (Oxon.) Comparative Education, University of Oxford
- BA Hons. (First Class) English, University of Oxford
- BA English, College of Saint Benedict
Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature, with particular concentration in the novel, drama, non-fictional prose, and visual culture; satire; religious writers, conversion narratives and enthusiasm. Eighteenth-and early nineteenth-century American literature; Transatlantic studies; South African literature; historiography, media studies and digital humanities