Elizabeth Maddock Dillon
Chair and Professor of English; Co-Director, NULab for Text, Maps, and Networks
University of California, Berkeley
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Resume / CV
Elizabeth Maddock Dillon is Professor and Chair of the Department of English and Co-director of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks at Northeastern University. She teaches courses in the fields of early American literature, Atlantic theatre and performance, and transatlantic print culture. She is the author of New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849 (Duke University Press, 2014) which won the Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History from the American Society for Theatre Research and The Gender of Freedom: Fictions of Liberalism and the Literary Public Sphere (Stanford University Press, 2004), which won the Heyman Prize for Outstanding Publication in the Humanities at Yale University. She is co-editor with Michael Drexler of The Haitian Revolution and the Early U.S.: Histories, Geographies, Textualities, which is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
She has published widely in journals on topics from aesthetics, to the novel and performance in the early Atlantic world, to Barbary pirates. She is the co-director of the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College and the former the chair of the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Signs and the Women Writers Project and has served on the editorial boards of Early American Literature and American Literature and the advisory board of PMLA. She is the founder of the award-winning crowd-sourced digital archive Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, and the co-founder and co-director of the Early Caribbean Digital Archive.
- New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849 (Duke University Press, 2014)
- The Gender of Freedom: Fictions of Liberalism and the Literary Public Sphere (Stanford University Press, 2004)
- The Haitian Revolution and the Early U.S.: Histories, Geographies, Textualities, co-edited with Michael Drexler (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming, 2016)
- “By Design: Remapping the Colonial Archive,” Social Text4 (December 2015): 142-147.
- “Obeah and the Early Caribbean Digital Archive,” co-authored with Nicole N. Aljoe, Benjamin Doyle, and Elizabeth Hopwood, Atlantic Studies2 (2015): 258-266.
- “Reassembling the Novel: Kinlessness and the Novel of the Haitian Revolution,” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction1 (Spring 2014): 167-185.
- “Obi, Assemblage, Enchantment,” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists1 (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, ed. Lara Langer Cohen and Jordan Alexander Stein (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012): 318-339.
- “Religion and Geopolitics in the New World,” Early American Literature1 (2010): 193-202.
- “Atlantic Practices: Minding the Gap Between Literature and History,” Roundtable on Interdisciplinary Atlantic Studies published in both William and Mary Quarterly1 (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 Fiction1/2 (Spring 2006/Fall 2007): 77-103.
Awards and Honors
- The Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History, American Society for Theatre Research, 2014 for New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849
- Finalist mention, 2015 John Hope Franklin Prize, American Studies Association for New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849
- Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellow at the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA (award offered, expected date of residence, 2018-2019)
- University Excellence in Research and Creativity Award, Northeastern University, 2015
- Charles Warren Center Fellow, Harvard University, Spring 2015
- Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative, the Graduate Center, City University of New York, Fall 2014
- American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Digital Innovation Fellowship, 2014-2015
- Co-PI, Mellon Foundation Grant for Proteus Project, Exploring Big Data in the Humanities, 2014-2015
- “Best Digital Humanities Project for Public Audiences” for Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, with Ryan Cordell, David DeCamp, Kristi Girdharry, James McGrath, and Alicia Peaker, Digital Humanities Awards 2013, awarded February 2014
- Digital Humanities Award from the Digital Library of the Caribbean for the Early Caribbean Digital Archive project, June 2013 with Nicole N. Aljoe
- Co-Project Director, “Uncovering Reprinting Networks in Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers,” National Endowment for the Humanities, Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, 2013-2014
- 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 Annual Essay Award, 2005 for “Republican Theatricality and Transatlantic Empire”
- Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication in the Humanities, Yale University, 2003 for The Gender of Freedom: Fictions of Liberalism and the Literary Public Sphere