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Colleen Tripp

I am a digital humanist and scholar of 19th-century American print/visual culture. My dissertation, “Pacific Sensations: Seeing Yellow in 19th-century American Print Culture,” engages with the global turn in American literature and considers the role of the China Trade in print culture and racial formation in America. I analyze figures related to the China Trade in nineteenth-century American literature—considering authors such as Herman Melville, Ambrose Bierce, and Edith Maude Eaton—alongside material objects involved in the trade, including porcelain, lantern slides, and silks. 

I also work as an encoder for the Modernist Journals Project, a digital archive dedicated to the digitization of Modernist journals from the early 20th century. Previously I worked for the Women Writer’s Project as an encoder (WWP). I have experience developing MODS records, TEI encoding, using OCR programs, etc.

Recently, I was selected as a Jay T. Last Research Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society, and I am working for my third year with the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative (LAMI) at Brown University.

Ph.D., American Studies, Brown University (In progress); M.A., American Studies, Brown University (2010); M.A., Literature, University of California—Santa Cruz (2008); B.A., English, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (2005)

Research Interests:
19th and 20th-century American literature; US Print Cultures; Geohumanities; Transnationalism and Global Studies; Nationalism and National Identity; Cultures of Capital and Capitalism; Theories of Popular Culture; Orientalism in US Literature; Digital Scholarship.

"The Gilded Age". Encyclopedia of American Populism. ABC/ CLIO. (forthcoming)

Awards and Honors:
University Fellowship. American Studies, Brown University (2012-2013).
University Fellowship. American Studies, Brown University (2010-2011).
Travel Grant. Literature, University of California at Santa Cruz, CA (Summer 2008).
Travel Grant. Literature, International Dickens Universe Conference, Santa Cruz, CA
(Summer 2007 )

Conferences, Symposiums, and Workshops:
Participant. "There's No Outside: Queer Space Under Late Capitalism." Graduate Mellon Workshop at Brown University. Providence, RI (2012).

Moderator. Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative panel for the humanities. Leadership Alliance Undergraduate National Symposium. Hartford, CT (2012).

Presenter. "Worlding Murieta: Emerging Geographies of the American West in the Murieta Text Network." South Central Modern Language Association conference. San Antonio, TX (2008).

Discussion Instructor. "The Pickwick Papers and Print Culture." The Dickens Project, Dickens Universe international summer conference. Santa Cruz, CA (2007).

Presenter. "The Tomming of Black Females in American Media." Popular Culture/American Culture Association annual conference. Boston, MA (2007).

Invited Lectures:
"'Con Su Pistola en la Mano': Gregorio Cortez and the Corrido Tradition." Invited lecture for Ethnic Studies 0090: The Border/ La Frontera Professor Evelyn Hu De-Hart of the History department at Brown University (Fall 2010).

"Digital Humanities Put to Practice: A Digital Close- Reading of Ruth Ozeki's My Year of Meats." Invited co-lecture with Pia Sahni for AMCV 1610: Introduction to Popular Culture. Professor Susan Smulyan of the American Studies department at Brown University (Fall 2010).

Courses Taught:
AMST 0190: Junkies, Robots, and Fight Clubs: Re-visioning the "American Dream" in US Popular Culture. Brown University (Spring 2012).

Professional Experience:
Research Assistant. NEH Collaborative for the Digitization of US Modernist Magazines. The Modernist Journals Project, Brown University (2012-ongoing).

Research Assistant and Digital Encoder. NEH Collaborative "Cultures of Reception: Transatlantic Readership and the Construction of Women's Literary History". Women Writers Project, Brown University (2010-2011).