Emily M. N. Kugler
2007 Ph.D., Literature, University of California at San Diego
• Dissertation: Representations of Race and Romance in Eighteenth-Century English Novels
2005 M.A., Literatures in English, University of California at San Diego
• Qualifying Exams:
o Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature: Rise of the Novel
o Nineteenth-Century British Literature The City: Class, Gender and Subjectivity (Poetry
and Non-Fiction Prose)
• Qualifying Paper: “Kings, Slaves and the Female Pen: Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko and its Stage
2002 B.A., magna cum laude, English with Honors and Asian American Studies Minor, Scripps College at
The Claremont Colleges
• Thesis: “Negotiating Nationalism in Norma Field’s From My Grandmother’s Bedside”
2015-Present Howard University, Washington, D.C.
2014-2015 Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
2010-2014 Colby College, Waterville, Maine
2009-2010 Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island
2007-2009 University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California
Fall 2008 University of San Diego, San Diego, California
2007-2009 San Diego State University, San Diego, California
2007-2008 Palomar College, San Marcos, California
Kugler, Emily MN. The Sway of the Ottoman Empire on English Identity in the Long Eighteenth Century. Studies
in Intellectual History. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2012.
Hüttler, Michael, Emily MN Kugler and H. E. Weidinger, Co-Editors. Ottoman Empire and European Theatre
Vol. IV – Images of the Harem in Literature and Theatre. A Commemoration of the Bicentenary of Lord
Byron’s Sojourn in the Ottoman Capital (1810). Ottomania 6. Vienna: Hollitzer, 2015 (forthcoming).
Kugler, Emily MN. “Playing the Sultana: Erotic Capital and Commerce in Defoe’s Roxana.” In Ottoman Empire
and European Theatre Vol. IV – Images of the Harem in Literature and Theatre. A Commemoration of the
Bicentenary of Lord Byron’s Sojourn in the Ottoman Capital (1810). Ottomania 6. Vienna: Hollitzer, 2015
Hüttler, Michael, Emily MN Kugler and H. E. Weidinger, Co-Authors. “Editorial/Introduction.” In Ottoman
Empire and European Theatre Vol. IV – Images of the Harem in Literature and Theatre. A
Commemoration of the Bicentenary of Lord Byron’s Sojourn in the Ottoman Capital (1810). Ottomania 6.
Vienna: Hollitzer, 2015 (forthcoming).
Kugler, Emily MN. “Loving the Unstable Text and Times of Equiano’s Narrative: Using Carretta’s Biography in
the Classroom.” In Teaching Olaudah Equiano's Narrative: Pedagogical Strategies and New Perspectives.
Edited by Eric D. Lamore. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2012: 119-136.
• Also available through Project Muse.
Other Peer-Reviewed Publications
Kugler, Emily MN. “(Book Review) Imagining Insular Empire in Samuel Baker's Written on the Water” for The
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 54 (2013): Supplement.
Kugler, Emily MN. "Madame de La Fayette." The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 April 2012.
Additional Scholarly Contributions
Kugler, Emily MN. “The Everyman's Library Volumes from the Collections of the John J. Burns Library, Boston
College” (Exhibit Review). Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)
FemTechNet Paper Committee. “We Are FemTechNet.” FemTechNet. Manifesto. August 2014.
Kugler, Emily MN. "Writing for Wadewitz: Tribute Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons for Adrianne Wadewitz." HASTAC:
Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory. Blog Post. 20 May 2014.
Kugler, Emily MN. “Chapter Five: ‘Popping Sorrow’: Loss and the Transformation of Servitude.” Collaborative
Reading of Simon Gikandi’s Slavery and The Culture of Taste. The Long Eighteenth. Blog Post. 17 May
An Acceptable Happiness: Marriage, Empire, and Other Failures in Anglophone Domestic Fiction.
This book explores two disruptive moments in British imperial history through the lens of popular fiction,
journals, letters, and biographies by women, often aimed at a female readership. The first moment is the
transformation of an eighteenth-century empire comprised mainly of colonial companies concentrated in
the Atlantic into the more expansive Victorian empire. The second examines the collapse of British rule
and the rise of Commonwealth independence following the Second World War and continuing into the
twenty-first century. This book focuses on texts that in their moment of production, challenge models of
identity based upon nation or empire, in favor of a globalized self that operates in trans- or extra-national
networks. Yet in order to be published and to continue to be circulated to readers, their critiques of
empire—some of which offer new imperial models rather than call for an end of empire—must be
reinscribed into the narratives of identity and empire they challenge. An Acceptable Happiness
complicates distinctions between colonizer and colonized, settler and indigenous, by historically
expanding the Anglophone literary archive to bring together voices that challenge mainstream narratives
of a colonial past and critiques the neocolonial networks shaping the boundaries of our current print
world. But most of all, the book looks at how recovery of historical female authors and in the promotion
of new postcolonial voices must continually be vetted by publishers, critics, and academics based along
routes of conventional imperial power in order to be circulated in the Anglophone literary market.
Beyond Nationalism: Imagining Imperial Networks from the Eighteenth Century to the Neo-Colonial Era.
This book questions how we currently define empire, especially in terms of the British
interactions in the Transatlantic and Mediterranean. By looking at the way imperial networks
could be supplemented, undercut, or fragmented by other networks run by national subjects, I
argue that rather than viewing empire through the lenses of national interests, we need to look at
the level-of individual actors within loosely related social networks. In doing so, we can see how
class, gender, and race created multiple experiences of empire.
Articles in Progress
• “The Three Lives of Mary Prince: Imagining Authorship in Nineteenth-Century Abolitionist and Twentieth-
Century Academic Print Networks”
• “Cartography of a Little White Attic: Mansfield Park’s Visions of Imperial Morality in the Atlantic and
• “Voices in the South African Archive: Recovering and Representing the Female Slave Narrative in André
Brink’s Philda (2012)
In Progress Database
Exotic Domesticities: Labor, Luxury, and Global Slavery in Imperial British Trade.
Intended as a working version and eventual online supplement to the two book projects, it will
serve as an online database of my archival research on trade routes, social networks, and imagined
cartographies in the Transatlantic and Mediterranean. In addition to recording data in terms of
people, places, books, objects, and money for trade circuits involving slave economies. Current
project updates look at how information circulated through abolitionist networks.
In Progress Websites and Digital Exhibitions
Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project: Boston Ceremony and Marker
This website publicize and contextualize the 2015 Boston Middle Passage Port Marker Ceremony, which
commemorates through a permanent marker those who died and those who survived the Middle Passage,
and recognizes the importance of Africans and their descendants in the history of the city, region, and
nation. The site hosted by and created for the National Park Services.
Slave Ship Desire Project
Supplementing the Middle Passage site, this online exhibition on the slave ship Desire focuses on one the
earliest recorded slave transaction for New England: the exchange of Pequot prisoners of war for slaves of
African-descent from Bermuda. It draws attention to histories of indigenous groups within histories of
slavery and settler colonialism in the Atlantic World.
Bibliographic and Additional Training
Rare Book School (University of Virginia)
2014 Analytical Bibliography
2013 Teaching the History of the Book
XML in Action: Creating Text
Encoding Initiative (TEI) Text
The Inter-University Consortium for Political and
Social Research (ICPSR)
2013 Social Network Analysis: An
Huntington Library (San Marino, California)
2007 Paleography Seminar
Database: Exotic Domesticities: Labor, Luxury, and Global Slavery in Eighteenth-Century British Trade.
Website: Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project: Boston Ceremony and Marker
Digital Exhibition: The Slave Ship Desire Project
2014-2015 •Webmaster, Southeast Asian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SASECS)
• Member, FemTechNet Paper Committee
o “2014 Technical Report on the Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC)”
o “We Are FemTechNet” (Organization Manifesto)
•Co-Organizer, Session Instructor (Brown University)
o #OpenAccess Week Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (October 2014)
o Editing, Translation, and Wikipedia: Workshop for AMST2020 Introduction to
Interdisciplinary American Studies (November 2014)
2013-2014 •Session Organizer and Facilitator, “Wikipedia, Hacktivism, and Pedagogy,” THATCamp
New England, Boston University
Regional Co-Organizer (Boston and Providence), Session Instructor (Brown University),
#WritingForWadewitz: Adrianne Wadewitz Memorial Wikipedia Write-In
2012 •Collaborator, Digital Tech Survey and Report, American Society for Eighteenth-Century
Studies (ASECS) Digital Humanities Caucus
2014-2015 •Taking TEI Further: Teaching With TEI, Women Writers Project, Northeastern University
2013-2014 •Omeka & Neatline Workshop,NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks, Northeastern University
•Git/Github Workshop, PyLadies Boston Meeting
•Github workshop with Navid Dianatim, Northeastern University
•DigiCamp2014, Simmons College
•“Liberate the Text!! (while Creating a Publishable, Digital Textual Edition),” ASECS
2012-2014 •The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp) Conferences
Feminisms West (2013) Modern Language Association (2012, 2013)
New England (2012, 2013, 2014) ASECS (2012)
Languages and Tools
Awards and Grants
2014-2015 Scholar Travel Grant, Modern Language Association
2013-2014 Humanities Grant and Supplemental Grant for “Exotic Domesticities,” Colby College
2010-2014 Faculty Travel Grants, Colby College
2010-2014 Humanities Book Grant, Colby College
2006-2007 Department of Literature Yearlong Dissertation Fellowship, UCSD
2007 ASECS Travelling Jam-Pot: Fund for Graduate Students
2006 MLA Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant
2002 Phi Beta Kappa Humanities Award, Scripps College
2002 Phi Beta Kappa
2000 Humanities Institute Junior Fellow, Scripps College
1998-2001 Dean’s List, Scripps College
1998 Sands Writing Award, Scripps College
1998-2002 James E. Scripps Scholar, Scripps College
Academic and Professional Service
Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project
2014-2015 •The Slave Ship Desire Project Committee, a Public History Digital Project to complement the
August 2015 Middle Passage Port Marker Ceremony in Boston
•Scholarship, Event, Marketing/Outreach Committees for August 2015 Middle Passage Port
Marker Ceremony in Boston
2014-2015 •Paper Committee(White Paper Revision/Manifesto Committees)
Committees, Academic Conferences
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)
2014-2015 •Secretary (Elected Position), Women’s Caucus
2013-2014 •Committee Chair, Catharine Macaulay Prize, Women’s Caucus
2014 •Women’s Caucus Fundraiser: Masquerade
2013 •Mentor, Women’s Caucus Mentorship Program
2011-2012 •Committee Member, Catharine Macaulay Prize, Women’s Caucus
Committees and Organization, Institution
2012-2013 •Faculty Course Evaluation Committee (Elected Position)
•Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Committee and Membership Selection Panel
•Faculty Fellow Theater and Dance Department, Search Committee
•Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Medieval Literature, Search Committee
•Assistant Director of the Farnham Writers' Center, Search Committee
•Prospective Presidential Scholars Dinner (Faculty Sponsor Representative)
•Prospective Students of Color Dinner (Department Representative)
•Faculty Mumble: Weekly Faculty Social Hour (Faculty Liaison)
2011-2013 •Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Coordinating Committee (2 yr. term)
•Faculty Research Roundtable: Monthly Faculty Discussion Group (Co-Founder and
Coordinator, 2 yr. term)
•English Tea: Monthly Faculty-Student Social Hour with Speakers (Co-Founder and
Coordinator, 2 yr. term)
2011-2012 •Tenure Track Assistant Professor WGSS, Search Committee
•Judge, Healy Prize for Student Essays in Irish Studies
2010-2012 •Curriculum Committee, English Department (2 yr. term)
2010-2011 •Self-Study for Overseers, English Department
•Visiting Assistant Profession of Medieval Literature, Search Committee
•Reader, Freshmen Diagnostic Essays, Colby College
San Diego State University
2008-2009 •Judge, Roberta Borkat Essay Contest for Undergraduate and Graduate Work on the British
Restoration and Eighteenth Century, English/Comparative Literature Department (and 2007-
University of California, San Diego
2007-2008 •Dickens Universe, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Graduate Student
Representative for UCSD
Events Organized, General
2014 • Co-Organizer, Session Instructor (Brown University), #OpenAccess Week Wikipedia Edit-a-
• Regional Co-Organizer (Boston and Providence), Session Instructor (Brown University),
#WritingForWadewitz: Adrianne Wadewitz Memorial Wikipedia Write-In
2008 •Local Organizer, Divided We Fall: America in the Aftermath (dir. Valarie Kaur) Film Screening
and Dialogue, San Diego State University (SDSU)
Events Organized, Institution
2012-2013 •Campus Visit by Valarie Kaur with Lecture and Film Screenings of Divided We Fall: America
in the Aftermath and preview of Oak Creek Shooting documentary (Co-Organizer)
2011-2012 • National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Webinar: “What Can You Do With a
Women's Studies Degree?” (Campus Organizer/Host)
•Homi K. Bhabha Roundtable Discussion (Moderator and Student Supervisor)
•English Department/Science Technology Studies Joint Event for Colby Family Weekend: Dr.
Marilyn Gaull "Euclid Alone: From Love Triangles to Social Circles” (Co-Host)
2013-2014 •Volunteer, Salon Speaker Series, Providence Athenaeum
2009 •Judge, The San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival, San Diego Shakespeare Society
Professional Memberships and Other Associations
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)
ASECS Affiliates and Caucuses:
•Defoe Society •Digital Humanities Caucus •Richardson Society •Women’s Caucus
•Southeast Asian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SASECS)
Early Caribbean Society
Faculty Seminar on the Global Nineteenth Century, Five College Consortium (Amherst, Massachusetts)
International Studies Association (ISA)
•Feminist Theory and Gender Studies •Women's Caucus •Political Demography & Geography
Mediterranean Seminar (based at the UCSC Center for Mediterranean Studies)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
PyLadies Boston (Python Group for Women)
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)
Conference Papers and Panels
Conference Sessions Organized
Co-Organizer and Co-Chair
2014-2015 • “Women on the Wrong Side of History?” Co-Organizer with Nicole Wright (University of
Colorado at Boulder).
o ASECS Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California.
o Special Session for Modern Language Association, Vancouver, BC Canada.
• “Beyond Orientalism: Consumer Agency and Producer Adaptation in Asia Exchanges with
Europe and the Americas”Co-Organizer with Samara Cahill (Nanyang Technological University,
Singapore). ASECS Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California.
2013-2014 • “Enlightenment Occlusions: Hidden Hybridity in European Literature and Culture” Co-
Organizer with Samara Cahill (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore). ASECS Annual
Meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia.
Organizer and Chair
2014-2015 •“Queering Richardson’s Novels and Their Readers,” Organizer for Richardson Society’s
Traditional Panel for ASECS Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California.
2012-2013 • “Border-Crossing Roundtable: Transnational and Transdisciplinary Approaches to the
Eighteenth Century” (Roundtable). ASECS Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio.
2010-2011 • “The Image of the Harem” Session I and II. ASECS Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC Canada.
2009-2010 • “Transnational Connections: Looking at Eighteenth-Century Border Crossing.” ASECS Annual
Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
2008-2009 •"The ‘Arabick Interest’ in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century England." ASECS Annual
Meeting, Richmond, Virginia.
•"The Rights of Women and Orientalism." ASECS Annual Meeting, Richmond, Virginia.
•"Beverage Culture in the Eighteenth Century.” ASECS Annual Meeting, Richmond, Virginia.
2007-2008 • “Women and Nature: Labs, Land Reform and Labor.” ASECS Annual Meeting, Portland,
2014-2015 •“From Calico Madams to Osnaburg-Shrouded Slaves: Textiles for Laboring Women, 1719-
1831.” Textiles and the Long Eighteenth Century Panel: ASECS Annual Meeting, Los Angeles,
•“Visions of Bad Behavior as Disruptive Justice in Burney’s Novels.” Eighteenth-Century Queer
Vision(s) (Roundtable). ASECS Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California.
2013-2014 • “Authoring Self in the Slave Narratives of Olaudah Equiano and Mary Prince.” Print Culture
and Dissent in the Long Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World Panel (The Bibliographical Society
of America): ASECS Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia.
2012-2013 • “Beyond Zofloya: Dacre’s Gothic Appropriations.” Women and the Late Eighteenth-Century
Gothic Panel (The Aphra Behn Society for Women in the Arts, 1660-1830): ASECS Annual
Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio.
2011-2012 • “Feminine Vices: Labor, Consumption, and Fashion in Defoe.” Culture of Ornament and Dress
Panel: ASECS Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.
• “Fabric of the Nation: Gender, Labor, and Textile Markets.”
o (Re)Presenting International Politics in Panel at Northeast International Studies
Association (ISA) Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island (2011)
o Trafficking and Migrant Labor: Feminist Approaches Panel: International Studies
Association (ISA) General Meeting, San Diego, California.
2010-2011 • “Defoe’s Wandering Heroines: Textiles, Exoticism and Difference in Roxana and Moll
Flanders.” Irony, Satire, Hoax, and Deeper Meaning: Defoe and His Contemporaries Panel
(Daniel Defoe Society): ASECS Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC Canada.
• “Feathered Ferocity: Violence and Fashion in Female Adventure Narratives.” ‘Rambling’
Women in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World Panel: Northeast ASECS Annual Conference,
Buffalo, New York.
2009-2010 • “Re-Imagining Universalism in Rasselas.” Samuel Johnson and Colonialism Panel: ASECS
Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
• “Romance as Historiography in Work of Scudéry and Lafayette.” Histories/Histoires Panel:
Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2008-2009 • “(Mis)Interpreting John Ferriar.” Eighteenth-Century Criticism Reconsidered Panel: ASECS
Annual Conference, Richmond, Virginia.
2007-2008 • “Contradictions and Instability in the Text and Times of Olaudah Equiano.” Teaching Equiano
Panel: ASECS Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon.
2006-2007 • “Killing the Angel in the Household: Matriarchal Alternatives in Charlotte Dacre’s The
Libertine (1807).” Pacific Southwest Women’s Studies Association Conference, Los Angeles,
• “Debating 18th-c English Religious Identity Through the Hayy Ibn Yaqzan Translations.”
Cultural Transfer through Translation Panel (German Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies):
ASECS Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia
2005-2006 • “Playing with History: Rewriting of National Identity, Islam and Colonial Culpability." ISA
Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.
• “Denying the Self: Recognition and Objectification in Sartre's Réflexions sur la question
juive.” Jean Paul Sartre Centennial Celebration, Santa Barbara, California.
2013-2014 • “Authoring Self in the Slave Narratives of Olaudah Equiano and Mary Prince.” Watts Program
Rare Book Seminar, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University.
2012-2013 • “’A Mere Roxana’: Reinterpreting the Ottoman Court in Restoration and Eighteenth Century
London.” Faculty Noon Time Talks, Colby College.
• “Pre/Post-Mass Media: Private News as Public Record.” “First Class” at Orientation, Colby
2011-2012 • “Reading Austen/Jane Reading: Novel Narratives for Women.” Maine Chapter Spring Meeting
of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA).
• “Defoe’s Wandering Heroines: Textiles, Exoticism and Difference in Roxana and Moll
Flanders.” The Humanities and Social Sciences Colloquium Series, Colby College.
• “Get Connected: Pre/Post-Mass Media.” “First Class” at First Year Orientation, Colby College.
2007-2008 • “Unstable Identities in the Texts and Times of Olaudah Equiano.” Introduction to Comparative
Literature, San Diego State University.
• “Aemilia Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum (1611) and Ben Jonson's To Penshurst (1616).”
Introduction to the Literature of the British Isles: Pre-1660, UC San Diego (also in 2005).
2005-2006 • “Oroonoko in the Eighteenth Century: Stage Adaptations, Abolition and the Rise of
Sentimentalism.” Introduction to the Literature of the British Isles: 1660-1832, UC at San Diego.
Courses Cross-Listed with Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
The Sublime, Supernatural, and Subversive (UK Gothic Literature)
Representing and Rethinking Women in the Public Sphere (Capstone Class for English Majors)
Frances Burney: Authorship, Authority, and 18th-Century Women Writers
Narrative and Genre Courses
Histories and Theories of the Eighteenth-Century English Novel: 1750-1800
Drama and Lyric Poetry of the Restoration and Early 18th Century
Outlaws and Outsiders in Early 18th-Century British Literature
Daniel Defoe (Capstone Class for English Majors)
Composition, Rhetoric, and Methodology Courses
Language, Thought, and Writing (First-Year Composition and Introduction to English Major)
English Composition: Labels, Luxury, and Labor (First-Year Composition)
English Composition: Everything's a Story/Everything’s an Argument (First-Year Composition)
The English Seminar (Introduction to the English Major)
The Eighteenth-Century Novel: Outsiders & Adventurers in 18-C. Novels (UC San Diego)
Enlightenment, Romanticism, Revolution, 1660-1848 (UC San Diego)
English Literature Anglo Saxon to Neo-Classical: Inventing Identities (San Diego State University, and
the University of San Diego)
Post-Colonial Theory or Global Focus
The Classical Tradition: The Ancient “Novel” (UC San Diego)
Special Topics in Global Communication: Storytellers: Communicating Across Cultures (Roger
Literature and Philosophy (Roger Williams University)
Composition & Rhetoric
Critical Thinking and Composition (Palomar College)
English Composition(Palomar College)
English Essentials(Palomar College)
Due to concerns about student privacy, I do not list Honor Thesis or other Independent Study projects on my