MemberWesley Raabe

My scholarship is mostly in areas of textual studies, American literature, digital humanities, and associated disciplines. I’m preparing an edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and editing Walt’s mother Louisa Van Velsor Whitman’s letters for the Walt Whitman Archive.

MemberLaura J. Baden

Post-colonial literature, particularly South Asian, Middle Eastern East Asian, and Caribbean (both Anglophone and Francophone authors).
“Nature” Literature, I have taught survey courses in what I call “Green Literature,” including texts written by: H.D. Thoreau, John Muir, Walt Whitman,Emily Dickinson, and Aldo Leopold.

MemberKatherine Walter

Katherine L. Walter, Professor and Chair of Digital Initiatives & Special Collections in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) Libraries, is a founding director of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at UNL. Walter has led many federally-funded research and libraries’ projects, including ones such as the U.S. Newspaper Program: Nebraska, the National Digital Newspaper Program: Nebraska and the Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Online. With Ken Price, she co-directed the CFW Coker Award-winning project to create an integrated guide to Walt Whitman’s poetry manuscripts. Walter has served on the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations Steering Committee, hosted DH2013, and co-chaired the international executive council of centerNet, which represents digital humanities centers around the world. Currently, Walter represents CDRH@UNL on the Humanities Without Walls Consortium.

MemberRyan Stears

…“Whitman at 200,” American Literature Association, Boston, MA, May 2019

“International Walt Whitman Week Seminar and Symposium,” The Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association, TU Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany, May 2018

“International Walt Whitman Week Seminar and Symposium,” The Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association, Université Paris-Est, Créteil, France, June 2017
 “English Department Conference,” Undergraduate Research & Cr…
…Modern Language Association (MLA)

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association…
…Stears, R. “The Evolutionary Life of Walt Whitman as Told Through Photography.” Stony Brook University, May 2018

Stears, R. “Reconstructing a Nation Divided: Whitman’s Civil War Poetry.” Stony Brook University, May 2016


I am currently a Ph.D. student at Binghamton University, studying antebellum and postbellum Southern American literature. I am currently preparing for my next field exam, to be taken in December, with the intention to proceed to candidacy/ABD by January 2021.

MemberSören Fröhlich

Blood (History of Medicine, Galenism, Eugenics, Scientific Racism, Racial Statistics, Race, Violence, War, Menstruation, Vampirism, Cannibalism, Ingestion, Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism, HIV/AIDS, Tissue Economies, Visual Arts, Horror, Political Theory, Phenomenology, Affect)MLA Specialization:
Long Nineteenth Century.Authors:
William Wells Brown, Pauline E. Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Walt Whitman, Ludwig von Reizenstein, Samuel A. Cartwright, Edward H. Dixon.Theoretical training:
Narrative theory (Narratology, Reader-Reception), Disability Studies, Feminist theory, Political Studies.Theorists:
Michel Foucault, Norbert Elias, Mary Floyd-Wilson.Advisors:
Nicole Tonkovich (co-chair), Michael Davidson (co-chair), Shelley Streeby, Lisa Cartwright, Lisa Lampert-Weissig.Languages:
German (Native), English (Quasi-Native), French (Everyday), Ivrit (Student).Teaching techniques:
Verbal discussion of assigned readings, video lectures, etc. Fundamentals in theory and methodology applied in regular, manageable writing assignments aimed at the completion of a final project. Student presentations of final projects. Thesis-driven final assignments with emphasis on argument and reflection (research paper or essay).

MemberErin J. Kappeler

I am an assistant professor of English at Tulane University, where I teach courses in transnational modernism, poetry and poetics, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. My current book project, The Secret History of Free Verse: American Prosody and Poetics 1880–1933, is the first historical account of free verse as a race-based construction. Extant scholarship positions free verse as an American effort to revitalize a dying art in an era of simplistic, repetitive Victorian poetry. I show instead that the intellectual origins of free verse lie in attempts to allay fears about the future of white American identity. My research methods draw from historical poetics, a field of study that examines poetic forms, genres, and theories in their social and political contexts in order to better understand the historically specific cultural work poems have performed. My particular methodology in this project has been to scour the journals, literary magazines, and poetry anthologies of the time in order to demonstrate the influence of the newly institutionalized fields of ethnology and anthropology on the poetry and criticism of the late nineteenth century. Under this influence, critics and academics promoted free verse as an expression of the (white) American race they imagined was emerging in the New World. My research identifies the fundamental but, until now, neglected connections between prosodic theories of free verse and constructions of American whiteness, and shows how these discourses shaped popular and academic understandings of African-American and Native American poetry. The Secret History of Free Verse offers new readings of key American authors and publications, including Walt Whitman, James Weldon Johnson, and Harriet Monroe’s Poetry magazine, and breaks new ground by reconceptualizing the role that poetry has played in circulating ideas about racial and national identity to a broad reading public. I have also received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Massachusetts Historical Society for a planned second book, Everyday Laureates: Community Poetry in New England 1865-1900, which explores the reading practices of amateur poetry societies.