Jonathan Senchyne

Position title: Associate Professor & Director, Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture


Phone: (608) 263-2900

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

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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
LIS 950: African American Print Culture


Recent Publications:

The Intimacy of Paper in Early and Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2020.

“Under Pressure: Reading Material Textuality in the Recovery of Early African American Print Work” Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 75.3 (Fall 2019) 109-132.

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

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

“George Moses Horton’s ‘Individual Influence'” PMLA 132.5 (October 2017) 1244–1250.