Ryan Cordell

Ryan Cordell

Assistant Professor of English
education Ph.D., English language and literature, 2010
University of Virginia
Mailing address 423 HO
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Ryan Cordell is an assistant professor of English. His scholarship focuses on the intersections between literary, periodical, and religious culture in antebellum America. He is working on a number of projects, including building a digital edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Celestial Railroad” that will allow scholars, teachers, and students to follow the rich publication history of “The Celestial Railroad” in American periodicals during the 1840s and 50s. That relatively narrow focus has lately expanded into a collaborative effort with colleagues in English and computer acience to automatically uncover reprinted texts in large-scale archives of nineteenth-century periodicals. He plans to use those reprinted texts to help map—both geographically and as a network—relationships among nineteenth-century publications. The ultimate goal of that project is to create a robust, large-scale model of nineteenth-century textual networks that will help scholars understand which publications shaped (or were shaped by) popular literary culture.

Ryan serves on NITLE’s Digital Humanities Council as secretary/treasurer of the Digital Americanists scholarly society. He is also co-editor-in-chief of centerNet’s forthcoming new journal, DHCommons and writes about technology in higher education for the group blog ProfHacker at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Selected Publications

“‘Taken Possession Of’: Hawthorne’s ‘Celestial Railroad’ in the Nineteenth Century Evangelical Canon,” Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ) 7, 1

“‘This Flattering Millennium Theory’: Denominationalism Against Millennialism in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Crater,” in Apocalypse and the Millennium: Providential Religion and the Era of the American Civil War, forthcoming from LSU Press

“‘Enslaving You, Body and Soul’: The Uses of Temperance in Uncle Tom’s Cabin and ‘Anti-Tom’ Fiction,” Studies in American Fiction (Spring 2008)

Selected Honors & Awards

Winner of the 2013 ProQuest/RSAP Award

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2013-2016 (http://www.rarebookschool.org/fellowships/mellon/)

Project Director and Primary Investigator, NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, “Uncovering Reprinting Networks in Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers” project, 2013-2014 (http://www.neh.gov/divisions/odh/grant-news/announcing-23-digital-humanities-start-grant-awards-march-2013)

Northeastern University Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship, Program Theme: “Viral Culture,” 2013-2014

DHSI Tuition Scholarship for the “Geographic Information Systems in the Digital Humanities” course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, Canada, June 2011

Faculty Development Summer Grant, Office of Faculty Development, St. Norbert College, to support development of a new digital humanities course, Summer 2011

Thomas J. Griffis Prize for the Best Essay by a Student Beyond the First Year of Graduate Work in English, for “‘Taken Possession of’: Hawthorne’s ‘Celestial Railroad’ in the Nineteenth-Century Evangelical Canon,” University of Virginia English Department, 2010.

SHANTI Exploratory Cohort Fellowship, for technical training, initial design, and help implementing a digital edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Celestial Railroad” (forthcoming at celestialrailroad.org), University of Virginia, 2009-10.

Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Grant, for startup research work for celestialrailroad.org, University of Virginia, Summer 2009

Tane Travel Scholarship, for travel to present at the Bicentennial Poe Conference, Edgar Allan Poe Society, Philadelphia, October 2009