University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jonathan Senchyne

Assistant Professor; Director, Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture

(608) 263-2900

4255 Helen C. White Hall
600 N Park St, Madison, WI 53706


Ph.D. English, Cornell University, 2012.

Research Interests:

Research fields – book history and print culture, American literary history, African American print culture, digital humanities, American Studies

Methods and methodologies – archival and special collections research, close reading, historicism

Theories – literary and cultural theory, critical race theory, public sphere theory, materialisms

Areas of interest – material cultures of books and print, material texts, paper, typography and composition, early and nineteenth-century American literature and culture, African American thought, library history

Classes taught:

LIS 650: History of Books and Print Culture
LIS 350: History and Future of Books
LIS 601: Information Perspectives and Contexts
LIS 643: reading Interests of Adults

Recent Publications:

“The Intimacy of Paper in Early and Nineteenth-Century American Literature”. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2019.

Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African American Print. co-edited with Brigitte Fielder. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2019.

Jonathan Senchyne, “Vibrant Material Textuality: New Materialism, Book History, and the Archive in Paper”, Studies in Romanticism 57.1 (Spring 2018) 67-85.

Jonathan Senchyne, “Paper Nationalism: Material Textuality and Communal Affiliation in Early America”. Book History 19 (2016) 66-85.