Elizabeth Maddock Dillon

Photography for Northeastern University CASE statement.

Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Founding Co-Director, NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks
Co-Director, Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College

Research areas and interests

Early American literature, Atlantic colonialism, the early novel, feminist theory, political theory, aesthetics, transatlantic print culture, Caribbean literature, early American drama, digital humanities.

Selected Publications


  • New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849 (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2014).
  • The Gender of Freedom: Fictions of Liberalism and the Literary Public Sphere (Stanford University Press, 2004).  Winner of the Heyman Prize for Outstanding Publication in the humanities at Yale University.

Edited Volumes:

  • With Michael Drexler, The Haitian Revolution and the Early U.S.: Histories, Geographies, Textualities (University of Pennsylvania Press, under contract).

Essays (Recent):

  • “Reassembling the Novel: Kinlessness and the Novel of the Haitian Revolution,” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction (forthcoming).
  •  “A Sea of Texts: Equiano, Textual Mapping, and Atlantic Space,” in Religion and Space in the Atlantic World, ed. John Corrigan, David Bodenhamer, and Trevor Harris (Indiana University Press, forthcoming).
  • “Haiti and the Early U.S., Entwined,” with Michael Drexler, introductory essay in The Haitian Revolution and the Early U.S.: Histories, Geographies, Textualities, ed. Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and Michael Drexler (University of Pennsylvania Press, under contract).
  • “Obi, Assemblage, Enchantment,” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 1.1 (2013): 172-178.
  •  “Coloniality, Performance, Translation: The Embodied Public Sphere in Early America,” in Transatlantic Traffic and (Mis)Translations, ed. Robin Peel and Daniel Maudlin (Hanover: University Press of New England, 2013): 177-196.
  • “John Marrant Blows the French Horn: Print, Performance, and Publics in Early African American Literature,” in Early African American Print Culture in Theory and Practice, ed. Lara Cohen and Jordan Stein (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012): 318-339.
  • “Religion and Geopolitics in the New World,” Early American Literature 45.1 (2010): 193-202.
  • “Atlantic Practices: Minding the Gap Between Literature and History,” Roundtable on Interdisciplinary Atlantic Studies published in both William and Mary Quarterly 65.1 (2008): 181-186 and Early American Literature 43.1 (2008): 205-210.
  • “The Secret History of the Early American Novel: Leonora Sansay and Revolution in St. Domingo,” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 40.1/2 (Spring 2006/Fall 2007): 77-103.

Awards and Fellowships

  • Co-Project Director, “Uncovering Reprinting Networks in Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers,” National Endowment for the Humanities, Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, 2013-2014
  • Co-PI, Tier One Research Grant, 2013-2014, Northeastern University, for “Infectious Texts: Uncovering Reprinting Networks in Nineteenth-Century Newspapers”
  • Co-PI, Tier One Research Grant, 2012-2014, Northeastern University, Early Caribbean Digital Archive Project
  • Jay Fliegelman Excellence in Mentorship Award 2010-2011, awarded by the Graduate Caucus of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, 2010-2011
  • Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, 2009
  • Society of Early Americanists Essay Prize, 2005
  • Heyman Prize for Outstanding Publication in the humanities at Yale University, 2003