I am Kevin McMullen. And in addition to being a Chicago White Sox fan and a collector of colorful socks, I am a PhD candidate in the English Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I specialize in nineteenth-century American literature. My intellectual interests to this point have focused largely on American poetry, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which poets from the mid-nineteenth through early-twentieth centuries have encountered and responded to Walt Whitman (something, it seems, that poets just can't help themselves from doing). My ongoing research and dissertation are examining literary responses to the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.
Since arriving at UNL I have also become heavily involved in the Digital Humanities. Since 2010 I have worked on the Walt Whitman Archive, where I now hold the position of Senior Assistant Editor. I have also served as a research assistant for Civil War Washington. In addition to my work on these large-scale digital projects, I have worked to develop Fanny Fern in The New York Ledger, a project that seeks to make available for the first time the complete run of Fanny Fern's newspaper columns for The New York Ledger. Moving forward, I plan to use my DH background in an effort to help incorporate digital tools and methods into "traditional" literature classrooms.
I earned my MA in English from UNL in 2012, along with a graduate certificate in Digital Humanities, and hold a BA in both Journalism and English from the University of Iowa.
When I'm not permanently damaging my eyes in front of a screen in the name of digital preservation, I am most likely to be found reading, listening to vinyl records, or practicing new ways to be less terrible at volleyball.
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