About Team Stainforth


We are grateful for support from The Faculty Innovative Seed Grant Program (CU Boulder), The Neukom Institute for Computational Science (Dartmouth College), and The President's Fund for the Humanities (CU Boulder).

Team Members

Kirstyn J. Leuner

Dr. Leuner, Director and Co-Editor of the Stainforth Library of Women's Writing, is Assistant Professor of English at Santa Clara University (SCU). From 2014-17, she was Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College in The Neukom Institute for Computational Science, affiliated with the English Department and the Gender Research Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in Romantic-era literature at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2014. Her research interests include 18th-19th century literature, Digital Humanities, women's writing, media history, and romanticism. She has published essays on the dressing room in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, Rodolphe Töpffer’s earliest comic strips, markup languages, and book history. At Dartmouth, she taught “Women’s Literature and Technologies of Transmission" and Dartmouth’s first introduction to Digital Humanities course, “The Humanist and the Computer: Digital Humanities and Social Justice.” At SCU, she teaches first-year writing, literary history and interpretation, Digital Humanities, 18th-century literature and Romanticism, and digital literacy.

A few favorite authors discovered while working on the Stainforth project: Charlotte CharkeElizabeth Le Noir (née Smart)Maria Ruth Sanders, Ann Maria Ainslie, Mary Potter, and Ester Sowernam. Follow her research at http://kirstynleuner.wordpress.com and @KLeuner on Twitter.

Deborah Hollis

Associate Professor Hollis is the Interim Associate Director of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries. She co-edits the Stainforth project with Dr. Leuner and manages its relationship with CU Libraries. Her research interests are twofold: teaching with rare books and making rare works accessible through digital humanities projects. She and her colleagues are currently piloting a multisensory and multimodal approach to the use of rare materials in writing instruction. Teaching simple bookbinding techniques is one active-learning method she employs while she begins to explore the pedagogical potential of the Stainforth project. She thoroughly enjoys the myriad opportunities to work across disciplines that a Special Collections and Archive department naturally provides.

Favorite Stainforth pet-project of the future: mapping the professional networks of the authors in the library.

Susan Guinn-Chipman

Dr. Guinn-Chipman works in Special Collections and Archives, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, where she leads the instruction and exhibits programs. Susan researches Stainforth’s biography. She earned her Ph.D. in early modern European history at the University of Colorado Boulder and has taught a wide range of courses in European history and art history.  Author of Religious Space in Reformation England, her research interests focus on the interplay of space, landscape, and memory. More recent research examines the religious and secular spaces of disease and quarantine in northern England. Over the course of her research for the Stainforth project, she has developed quite a fondness for Rev. Francis John Stainforth and his family and the nineteenth-century spaces of London (and beyond) they inhabited.  

Anna M. Ferris

Associate Professor Ferris is a catalog librarian in the Metadata Services Department of the University Libraries at CU Boulder. The University Libraries is one of forty-four institutions in the world authorized to contribute bibliographic records to the Library of Congress’s (LC) Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC). As a participant in the PCC’s Name Authority Program (NACO)—which includes libraries from throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Latin America, New Zealand, South Africa, and Asia—Prof. Ferris received training from experienced PCC trainers and works cooperatively with catalogers and metadata specialists around the world to contribute authority records to LC’s Name Authority File in accordance with RDA and LC-PCC Policy standards and guidelines. 

Professor Ferris’s work is focused on investigating ways in which catalogers contribute their expertise by collaborating with librarians, archivists and curators, particularly in the creation of personal name authority records for unestablished authors, the processing of unique primary source materials, and the contribution of new subject headings for these materials to LC’s Subject Authority File through another PCC program, the Subject Authority Cooperative Program (SACO). Professor Ferris is establishing the authority records of women writers recorded in the Stainforth catalogue who have yet to be established in an international cooperative of libraries.

Michael W. Harris

Dr. Harris is a librarian, archivist, and musicologist who works an instruction and research librarian at the College of William and Mary. He also blogs about multiple topics on his personal site, The Temp Track. His articles, reviews, and essays have appeared in Cinema JournalAsian Music, the Journal of the Society for American MusicMiddle West Review, and Flow, and he has presented papers at Music and the Moving Image, the annual meetings of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies and the Society for American Music, and at numerous regional conferences around the United States. Michael holds a doctorate in musicology from CU along with bachelors and master degrees in music. He also holds an MS in Library and Information Science with a concentration in archives management from Simmons College.

Research Assistant 2017-18

Faith Escobedo is a first-year student at the University of Colorado Boulder who plans to double-major in neuroscience and psychology. She joined Team Stainforth as a student research assistant during the Fall 2017 academic year. Faith enjoys learning to use the research tools necessary to confirm the identities of women writers. She appreciates the significance of identifying long-forgotten writers and their literature for reintroduction to a new audience of scholars.

Stainforth Project Alumni

Holley Long, Digital Initiatives Librarian, UNC-Wilmington

Cayla Eagon, PhD candidate, CU-Boulder

Kyle Bickoff, PhD candidate, U Maryland, MITH

Dr. Erin Kingsley, Assistant Professor of English at King's College

Allyson Long, Dartmouth College class of 2017

Elizabeth Newsom, Special Collections librarian, Santa Clara University

Deven Parker, PhD candidate in English, CU-Boulder

Maria Semmens, MA in Liberal Studies, Dartmouth College

Special thanks for your support of our work and your contributions of many kinds: 

Laura Mandell, Dan Rockmore, Ivy Schweitzer, Tom Luxon, Mary Flanagan, Sukdith Punjasthitkul, Laura Braunstein, Scott Millspaugh, Michelle Warren, Graziella Parati, the Dartmouth DH Group, Sara Linz, Allen Riddell, Emily Klancher Merchant, Kes Schroer, James Dietrich, Greg Robl, Chris Levine, Lori Emerson, Mark Algee-Hewitt, Pamela Corpron Parker, Donelle Ruwe, Roxanne Eberle, Lisa Hager, the British Women Writers Association, Isobel Grundy, Kathryn Holland, Michelle Levy, Katherine D. Harris, Jill Heydt-Stevenson, John Stevenson, the CU Boulder Romanticist Collective, Kurtis Hessel, Alex Corey