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Leah Price

Director of RIB and Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of English

Leah Price is the founder and director of the Rutgers Initiative for the Book. She teach the novel, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and occasionally French culture, and book history. Her books include What We Talk About When We Talk About Books (Basic Books, 2019), How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain (Princeton UP, 2012; Patten

Javiera Barrientos

Javiera Barrientos is a book historian and book binder interested in the intersections between material cultures, literary genres and gender, particularly but not restricted to the Global Early Modern period. She earned her BA in Universidad Católica de Chile, her MA in Universidad de Chile and is currently a doctoral student of Literatures in English

David Tate


David Tate is the coordinator and printer’s devil for the Rutgers Initiative for the Book and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Literatures in English. He works on twentieth-century and contemporary book and institutional histories of literature and medicine, and his dissertation is tentatively titled Therapy by the Book; work from the project will appear

Alastair Bellany

Professor of History

Research Interests: My research focuses primarily on the political culture of early modern England, in particular the histories of media, popular politics and the image of the early Stuart court. I am currently at work on a series of projects, including an essay on the “many bodies” of King James VI and I; a textbook

Marija Dalbello

Professor of Library and Information Science

Marija Dalbello’s teaching and publications focus on the history of knowledge and history of the book applied to liminal phenomena and visuality. She has published on digital mediation, visual epistemology and immigrant literacies and co-edited five scholarly volumes. Department webpage

Thomas Fulton

Professor of English

Professor Fulton writes about the cultural intersections of politics and religion, about problems in rhetoric and generic form, and on the history of reading and media history. His work on Erasmus, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton and other medieval and early modern writers has appeared in several journals and edited collections. His first book, Historical Milton: Manuscript, Print, and

Andrew Goldstone

Associate Professor of English

Andrew Goldstone specializes in twentieth-century literature in English. His research and teaching interests span modernist and non-modernist writing of the last century, literary theory, the sociology of literature, and the digital humanities. Before coming to Rutgers, he taught at Yale (where he received his doctorate in 2009), Stanford, NYU, and The New School. Goldstone’s book, Fictions

Meredith L. McGill

Professor of English

Meredith L McGill is a Professor of English. She is the author of American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1837-1853 (2003) a study of nineteenth-century American resistance to tight control over intellectual property. She has edited two collections of essays: Taking Liberties with the Author (2013), which explores the persistence of the author as a shaping

Lorraine Pirroux

Associate Professor of French

Lorraine Piroux teaches Ancien Régime French literature and culture. Her research focuses on the material culture of literature, including Enlightenment print culture, authorship studies, and 18th-century aesthetics. Her book Moins que livres: essai sur l’illisibilité, du livre des Lumières à la boîte de Cornell (Éditions Nota Bene, 2010)  is a study of literary and artistic

Marcy Schwartz

Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Marcy Schwartz is Professor and chair of the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese and her area of research and teaching is Latin American literary and cultural studies from the twentieth century to the present. She has published on Latin American urban space, translation, photography, and public book culture. Her teaching and research focus on the Public Humanities by engaging with