Kevin Pyon’s research interests include African American history, religion, music, and literature.
Heidi Dodson is a postdoctoral fellow in the Humanities in the World initiative at the Penn State Humanities Institute. She is a historian who specialized in twentieth-century African American history. Her research interests include community building, social movements, race and landscape, public and digital history, and environmental history. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin. Heidi is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, titled “We Cleared the Land with Our Hands”: Claiming Black Community Space in the Missouri Delta. Her work interrogates the intersections of rural migration, activism, and place in the Border South. Heidi most recently held positions as the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Scholarship at the University at Buffalo (2018-2019) and Oral History Scholar-in-Residence at the Marian Cheek Jackson Center in Chapel Hill, NC (2017-2018).
Australian Aboriginal Literature African American Literature American Literature Book History
Editorial theory, history of the book, African American literature, 20th/21st-C. Anglo-American literature, modernisms
Erika Piola has worked in the Print and Photograph Department at the Library Company of Philadelphia since 1997. She received her B.A. from Haverford College and her M.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. She is Co-Director of the Visual Culture Program and has served as a project director and curator for a number of Library Company initiatives, including Common Touch, Philadelphia on Stone, 18th-and 19th-Century Ephemera, and African Americana Graphics. She is editor and contributor to Philadelphia on Stone: Commercial Lithography in Philadelphia, 1828-1878 (Penn State University Press, 2012). Ms. Piola has also presented and published work on American visual culture, 19th-century ephemera, the antebellum Philadelphia print market, and the Library’s African American history and photography collections. Her research interests include Philadelphia lithography, the frame maker and print dealer James S. Earle, and stereographs portraying the New Woman.
U.S. Multiethnic Literatures; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; African American Studies; American Literary History; Genre Studies
Disability Studies, African American Literature, Urban Education, American Literature, Poetry, Creative Writing, Contemporary Poetry, Literature, Philosophy and Critical Theory, Gender Studies, Art History, History, Philosophy and Sociology
nineteenth-century US literature and culture, early American literature, Native American literature, African American literature, American studies, performance studies, theatre history, sentimentalism
Nineteenth-century American literature, Disability Studies, African-American literature, History of Medicine, Mormonism in American literature, Science Studies, science and literature, mourning culture, widowhood in literature.
…Associate Professor & Lead Professor, African American History…