ABOUT DR. CONRAD
I am an Assistant Professor of English at Kent State University at Stark where I teach American literature and college writing. Recently I was named a Fulbright U.S. Scholar and will be serving as a Visiting Professor at the University of Graz, Austria, in 2022.
My research specialty is in American literature, particularly women’s studies and African American literature. My dissertation, Boycott: Literary Interventions in the American Marketplace, 1820-1880 (recipient of Wilbur Owen Sypherd Prize), traces the role of literature in shaping, spreading, and sustaining 19th-century consumer resistance movements. Think: anti-slavery boycotts, temperance and anti-alcohol movements, and thrift culture. What I love about studying this subject is that it helps us to see how literature was used as a tool to work through anxieties about a growing market economy. Often, authors helped readers to understand the ethical implications of the things with which they surrounded themselves, which in turn helped define attitudes toward commodity culture — attitudes we still carry today.
To see a list of publications and conference presentations, please head over to scholarship.
As an educator, I work with students in interdisciplinary subjects, including American literature, composition, and women’s studies. For a better idea of my work as an educator, head over to Teaching.
Areas of interest:
19thC, 18thC, American Literature, Women’s Studies, African American Literature, Print Culture, Material Culture, Periodical Studies, Social Justice, Protest Literature and Culture, Environmental Humanities, Rhetoric and Composition