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Faculty in Book History


Ann R. Hawkins, (Ph.D. Kentucky, 1997) specializes in British Nineteenth-century Book History and Textual Studies. She is the series editor for Ashgate's Studies in Publishing History: Manuscript, Print, Digital. A two-time winner of the TTU Arts and Sciences Outstanding Researcher award, Hawkins produced Romantic Women Writers Reviewed, a nine-volume series which collected and edited reviews written of women published in the British periodical press (Pickering & Chatto, 2011-2013). She published scholarly editions of three nineteenth-century novels as well as articles on Disraeli, nineteenth-century women poets, and Lord Byron. She has edited the well-received collection on pedagogy, Teaching Bibliography, Textual Criticism, and Book History as well as co-edited, with Maura Ives, Women Writers and the Artifacts of Celebrity in the Long Nineteenth-century  (Ashgate, 2012). She continues work on a book manuscript, “Byron and the Shakespeare Trade,” part of the research for which was featured in an exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library in fall 2007. She directs the Digital Humanities Lab, and manages two digital projects, Texas Manuscript Cultures and Nineteenth-century Women Writers Reviewed.


Faculty in Book History & Digital Humanities

Craig Baehr (Ph.D. University of New Mexico, 2002) specializes in hypertext theory, online publishing, online instructional design, report writing, and visual rhetoric. He is the author of Web Development: A Visual-Spatial Approach.

Miles Kimball(Ph.D. University of Kentucky, 1997) has published on the history of technical communication, information graphics, intersections of technical communication and culture, and electronic portfolios. Kimball is the author of Document Design: A Guide for Technical Communicators (Bedford-St. Martin's 2008) and The Web Portfolio Guide (Longman 2003), as well articles on the history of technical communication, information graphics, intersections of technical communication and culture, and web portfolios. A past President of the international College English Association, Kimball serves as Interim chair of Communication Studies and director of the Letterpress Lab.

Alison Rukavina (Ph.D. University of Alberta, 2007) specializes in nineteenth-century British and colonial literature and print culture. She is particularly interested in the transnational and global circulation of books and people in the nineteenth century. She published The Development of the International Book Trade, 1870-1895: Tangled Networks in 2010 and is currently writing her second book on iconic Canadian Mountie Sam Steele and the dysfunctional publishing history of his memoir. Reviews editor for the Bibliographical Society of Canada's journal, she has published on the nineteenth-century international book trade, nineteenth-century Australian and British book trades, Canadian print culture and book history, social network theory, and author/publisher relations.\

Jennifer Snead (Ph.D. Duke, 2001) specializes in eighteenth-century British and transatlantic literature and culture.  Her primary research interests within the field are print culture, religion, and popular literacy.  She has published articles on the work of Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, John Wesley, eighteenth-century reading practices, and the engagement of literary criticism with religion and religious issues in eighteenth-century literature.  Her current book project investigates the influence of the Evangelical Revival on popular literacy and the concept of literature during the second half of the century.


Affiliated Faculty


Tamra Walter (University of Texas at Austin 2000) specializes in historical archaeology, particularly that of Spanish Colonial Texas.


Art History and Visual Arts

Janis Elliott (University of Warwick) writes on fourteenth-century Italian Church decoration. She co-edited the highly acclaimed book, The Church of Santa Maria Donna Regina: Art, Iconography, and Patronage in Fourteenth-century Naples, 2004.

Dirk Fowler(West Texas State University) is an internationally recognized graphic designer whose work has been honored by The Society of Publication Directors, Type Director's Club, American Advertising Federation and the American Poster Institute.

Carolyn Tate (University of Texas at Austin, 1986) publishes on Olmec and Maya art and city planning; the role of sculptural narrative in the development of Mesoamerican writing systems; Native American art; and gender and identity in Pre-Columbian society.



Ronald K. Mitchell, Professor of Entrepreneurship & Jean Austin Bagley Regents Chair in Management. Description to come.


Creative Writing

Curtis Bauer  (Ph.D. Texas Tech, 2009) specializes in Creative Writing/Poetry and Translation.


Film and Media Studies

Allison Whitney (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2005) specializes in studies of film technology, genre cinema, and the relationship between technological history and film form. She is currently developing a digital archive, Texas Film Cultures.



Gretchen Adams (University of New Hampshire) specializes in U.S. political and cultural history, as well as the history of memory.

Stefano D'Amico (University of Milan) specializes in Early Modern Europe, particularly social and economic history, and Italy.

Mark Stoll (University of Texas at Austin) specializes in environmental history.

Abigail Swingen (University of Chicago) specializes in Early Modern Europe and Britain, as well as the British transatlantic empire, and colonial Caribbean and North America.

Aliza Wong (University of Colorado at Boulder) specializes in modern Italy and the Mediterranean, as well as in race, nationalism and Diaspora.



J. Wesley Cochran (JD, University of Houston, 1978) specializes in copyright law, intellectual property, intellectual property and high technology, legislation, and mass media law



Julie Nelson Couch (Ph.D. Brown, 2000) specializes in Middle English literature and the modern reception of medieval literature.

Ryan Hackenbracht (Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 2012) specializes in early modern British poetry, prose, and drama.

Marta Kvande (Ph.D. Delaware, 2002) specializes in eighteenth-century British literature, with particular interests in women writers, the history of the novel, narrative, and the Gothic.

Brian McFadden (Ph.D. Notre Dame, 1999) studies marvels and miracle stories in Old English and Anglo-Latin prose, especially the concept of the monstrous.

Ann Daghistany Ransdell (Ph.D. Southern California, 1972) specializes in comparative literature and narrative theory. Winner of the President's Excellence in Teaching award, she is interested in Louisa May Alcott, the history of books, and the politics of canon formation.

John Samson (Ph.D. Cornell, 1980) specializes in historical and theoretical approaches to American novels and non-fictional prose narratives.



Nicky Ladkin

Eileen Johnson


Technical Communication and Rhetoric

Abigail Selzer King (Ph.D. Purdue, 2013) studies organizing and rhetoric, especially as these topics connect more broadly to the communication of identities, genders, nationalisms, and meanings of work.

Susan Lang (Emory) specializes in computer-based instruction in composition and literature, intellectual property issues, hypertext, and textual theory.

Kristen Moore (Ph.D., Purdue, 2012) specializes in technical communication in the public sphere, especially public policy and participation.

Rich Rice (Ph.D. Ball State University 2002) has written on new media, contemporary composition and rhetoric, technology and pedagogy, teacher training, and distance education.


Special Collections & Library

Bruce Cammack has received grants from the Helen Jones Foundation in excess of $30,000 to promote book history education at TTU and on the South Plains.

Donell Callendar (Associate Librarian) acts as liaison to the Education Department.

Sheila Curl Hoover (Associate Dean of Libraries)