Tim Cresswell : Co-Director

Tim Cresswell


Tim Cresswell currently works as Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of American Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Cresswell started at Trinity College in the summer of 2016. Previously he worked at Northeastern University in Boston, where he served as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Professor of History and International Affairs, and Associate Director for Public Humanities at the Northeastern Humanities Center.

Cresswell holds a B.A. in geography from University College London in the United Kingdom; an M.S. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and a second Ph.D. in English – creative writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. The author of 11 books, Cresswell is an internationally recognized geographer who is intrigued by issues of place and mobility. His most recent work focuses on Maxwell Street Market in Chicago and on its evolution over 130 years. In addition, he is a poet who explores similar themes about space and place in his two collections: Soil, published in 2013, and Fence, published in 2015.

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon : Co-Director

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon


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.

Sarah Kanouse : Associate Director

Sarah Kanouse

Associate Director

Sarah Kanouse is a Professor of Media Arts and Interdisciplinary Arts at Northeastern University. She is an interdisciplinary artist and writer examining the politics of landscape and public space. Her research-based creative projects trace the production of landscape through ecological, historical, and legal forces, with particular interest given to the environmental and cultural effects of military activities. Her award-winning, feature-length film, Around Crab Orchard, addressed how the politics of conservation and environmental justice are imbricated with military and penal economies deeply in an American wildlife refuge.

She has written extensively about performative and site-based contemporary art practices in Art Journal, Acme, Leonardo, Parallax and in the books Critical Landscapes, Art Against the Law, and Mapping Environmental Issues in the City. She is co-author with Nicholas Brown of Re-Collecting Blackhawk, which addresses settler commemoration in the Midwest.