Reappraising Regionalisms and the American West: A Roundtable

Benjamin Beck


Benjamin Beck is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at UCLA. He is at work on a dissertation titled Matters of Life: Biographical Practices During the Age of American Slavery. He is also working on a second project that explores practices of collective memory in the revival of a Gold-Rush Era burlesque fraternal organization, E Clampus Vitus. His research has been supported by the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, and he has presented work at MLA, ALA, and ASA annual conferences.

D. Berton Emerson

Whitworth University

D. Berton Emerson (co-chair) is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Whitworth University. He has written essays and reviews that have appeared in American Literature, ESQ, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. With Gregory Laski, he is co-editor of a forthcoming J19 forum on “democracy” in the long nineteenth century. His current book project is titled “Local Rules: American Misfit Literature and Its Alternative Democracies, 1828-1861.”

Andy Doolen

University of Kentucky

Andy Doolen is professor of English at the University of Kentucky. Doolen is the author of Territories of Empire: U.S. Writing from the Louisiana Purchase to Mexican Independence (Oxford, 2014) and Fugitive Empire: Locating Early American Imperialism (Minnesota, 2005). His essays and reviews have appeared in many journals and collections, including American Literature, American Literary History, Studies in American Fiction, The Cambridge History of American Women’s Literature, and Mapping Region in Early American Writing. He is currently working on a study of John Dunn Hunter and the mobilization for Native self-determination in Mexican Texas during the 1820s.   

Erin Sweeney

University of California, Irvine

Erin Sweeney is a Lecturer in English and Humanities Core at UC Irvine, where she received her PhD in English in 2015. Her book project, Dwelling in Possibility: The Material Culture of American Literary Domesticity, reads fictional houses against their historical architectural prototypes to illuminate what she calls “vernacular domesticities,” a range of domestic practices shaped by particular material spaces designed to facilitate very different social relations than the sentimental domestic ideal. Her work has been published in J19, Mississippi Quarterly, and The Mark Twain Annual. 

Anneke Schwob

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Anneke Schwob is a doctoral candidate in the English and Comparative Literature Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; her research focuses on American literature, periodical studies, and natural history. She has been supported in her archival research by fellowships from the Science Fiction Society, the Graduate School at UNC, and the Mary and David Harrison Institute at the University of Virginia. Her dissertation, In Situ: Scientific Space and the American Literary Imagination, explores the intersections between American science, wilderness exploration, and literary nationalism at the turn of the 20th century.

Joshua Smith

Biola University

Joshua D. Smith an assistant professor of English at the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University, where he teaches the classics and mentors students in the art of Socratic dialogue. His research is in American literature, where he specializes in the nineteenth century, the American West, popular culture, media, and the black experience in America. His current research is centered on Nat Turner and a book project comparing Quentin Tarantino with Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Keri Holt

Utah State University

Keri Holt is an associate professor of English and American Studies at Utah State University. Her work focuses on late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century US regional writing, and she has published articles in Early American Literature, Western American Literature, and Studies in American Fiction, as well as chapters in edited collections concerning the work of John Neal, William Gilmore Simms, and Olaudah Equiano. She is also a co-editor of the collection Mapping Regions in Early American Writing (Univ. Georgia Press, 2015). Her book, Reading these United States: Federal Literacy in the Early Republic, is forthcoming from U. Georgia Press.


Reappraising Regionalisms and the American West: A Roundtable Chair: Sam Sommers, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, UCLA Benjamin Beck, UCLA Andy Doolen, University of Kentucky D. Berton Emerson, Whitworth University... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Sam Sommers (McNeil Center for Early American Studies & UCLA)
  2. Benjamin Beck (UCLA)
  3. D. Berton Emerson (Whitworth University)
  4. Andy Doolen (University of Kentucky)
  5. Erin Sweeney (University of California, Irvine)
  6. Anneke Schwob (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  7. Joshua Smith (Biola University)
  8. Keri Holt (Utah State University)

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