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Fields: Digital Humanities, Textual Studies, and nineteenth-century American and Caribbean literature

Dissertation: “Eating the Atlantic: Nineteenth-Century U.S. and Caribbean Literature and the Gastroaesthetic”

Elizabeth received her Ph.D. in English from Northeastern in 2016.


From 2013-2016 Elizabeth acted as co-project manager for The Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA), a digital humanities endeavor to support sustained, open, and collaborative research and learning of early Caribbean texts and culture. In her role of project manager, she trained and led a team of graduate and undergraduate students marking up manuscripts using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI).

Elizabeth was also a Managing Editor of Digital Humanities Quarterly, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal. In this role, she oversaw every facet of the journal’s publication, including collaborating on publication decisions, synthesizing review feedback, communicating with authors and reviewers, copyediting and fact-checking, and encoding articles in TEI/XML. In 2013, she was selected as one of the inaugural Graduate Fellow in Northeastern’s Digital Humanities Center, the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks.

Her dissertation, “Eating the Atlantic: Nineteenth-Century U.S. and Caribbean Literature and the Gastroaesthetic” explored how foodways – in particular, stories of labor, production, and consumption – formed cultural values and aesthetic judgments in the Atlantic World.

Elizabeth is currently an Instructor at the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities at Loyola University Chicago.

Published On: October 12, 2016