Christy Pottroff is an Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellow in Early Material Texts at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. candidate in English at Fordham University. Her dissertation, “Citizen Technologies: The U.S. Post Office and the Transformation of Early American Literature,” examines the surprising extent to which the U.S. Post Office Department influenced early American literature. Not only did the postal system have a profound impact on distribution (enabling the expansion of subscription publishing and the rise of periodical circulation to local and national markets), but also, as she argues, it influenced the form and content of literary works across a range of genres. Research for this project is supported by the Bibliographical Society of America, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the American Antiquarian Society, the Harrison Institute at the University of Virginia, Santander International Universities, the NYC Digital Humanities Group, and Fordham University.
Christy Pottroff is a Teaching Fellow, Co-editor of Rhetorikos: Excellence in Student Writing, HASTAC Scholar, Co-coordinator of the Fordham Digital Humanities Graduate Student Group, and member of Fordham’s LGBT and Ally Network of Support. She has a M.A. in Cultural Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Kansas State University.