Christy Pottroff


Ph.D. Candidate, Fordham University, English Department, (degree expected, May 2017)

           Dissertation: "Citizen Technologies: The U.S. Post Office and the Transformation of Early American Literature"

           Committee: Leonard Cassuto, Jordan Stein, Julie Chun Kim, and Edward Cahill,

           Fields of Study: Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Colonial American Literature, Queer and Feminist 

           Studies, Digital Humanities

M.A. in English, with distinction, Kansas State University, May 2011

           Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies

B.A./B.S. English Department and College of Education, Kansas State University, December 2009

            Minor in Women’s Studies

            Teaching Certification in English for grades 6-12



“The Royall Coach: Sketching the Nation,” forthcoming in Early American Literature (2017).

“Jacob Abbott’s Political Children’s Literature,” forthcoming in Common-place, 17.1 (Dec. 2016).

“Circulation,” forthcoming in special keywords issue of Early American Studies.

“The Year in Conferences,” forthcoming in ESQ, 63.1 (co-authored).

Review of Elizabeth J. Clapp, Notorious Woman: Anne Royall in Jacksonian American, forthcoming in Journal of the Early Republic (2017).

Review of David Greven, Gender Protest and Same-Sex Desire in Antebellum American Literature: Margaret Fuller, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville, in Journal of the History of Sexuality, 25.1 (2016): 175-7.

Entries on “Lesbia Harford” and “Janet Frame.” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Ed. Stephen Ross. New York: Routledge, 2016. Web.



  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Early American Literature and Material Texts, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania 2016-2017
  • Jay and Deborah Last Short-Term Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 2016-2017
  • Lillian Gary Taylor Visiting Fellowship in American Literature, Mary and David Harrison Institute, University of Virginia, 2016-2017
  • Senior Teaching Fellowship, Fordham University, 2016-2017 (declined)
  • Graduate Student Paper Prize, English Department, Fordham University, 2016
  • Mercantile Library Fellowship in North American Bibliography, Bibliographical Society of America, 2016
  • Lapidus-OIEAHC Early American and Transatlantic Print Culture Predoctoral Fellowship, Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, 2015
  • First Place Graduate Student Digital Project Award, NYC Digital Humanities Group, 2015
  • HASTAC Scholarship, Fordham University, 2015-Present
  • Presidential Scholarship, Fordham University, 2011-2016
  • Fordham University GSAS Summer Fellowship, Summer 2015
  • Fordham University Digital Humanities Campus Scholar, 2014-2015
  • Dartmouth College Futures of American Studies Institute Scholarship Award, Summer 2014
  • Santander Universities Summer Fellowship, Fordham University, Summer 2013
  • Fr. John McCloskey Summer Research Grant, Fordham University, Summer 2012
  • GSAS Research Support Grant, Fordham University, Spring 2012
  • Graduate Student Association Travel Grants, Fordham University, 2012-2016
  • Margaret Lamb Creative Writing Award, Fordham University, 2012 and 2013
  • Creative Nonfiction Award (first place), Kansas State University, 2011
  • Presidential Travel Grants, Kansas State University, 2009-2011
  • Johanning Memorial Teaching Award Finalist, Kansas State University, 2010
  • Anne P. Grindell Scholarship, Kansas State University, 2009



The U.S. Goes Postal: Mapping Union and War in Early America. Project Developer.

A digital companion to my dissertation, this online exhibition traces the growth and development of the U.S. Postal system in its earliest years.

National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans. Content Writer and Editor.

The first national repository to document individual burials and burial grounds of enslaved Americans, the NBDEA will be a free and publicly-accessible resource online. Here, users contribute burial sites to the database for documentation and conduct searches for information held within the database.

Fordham Digital Collaborative. Content Manager.

A resource that enables faculty, staff, and students to come together to incorporate digital tools and methods into their research, teaching, and learning. The Collaborative provides project and event coordination within a technology-rich online space.



“Travelling Bookstores of the Early Nineteenth Century,” Early American Texts Conference, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Forthcoming in May 2016.

 “Harriet Jacobs: Postal Hacker,” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Penn State University, Forthcoming in March 2016.

“The U.S. Goes Postal: Mapping Union and War in the Antebellum Era,” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Penn State University, Forthcoming in March 2016.

“Postal Geography in Early America,” Imagining Localities: Rethinking Region in Early America, CUNY Graduate Center, February 26, 2016.

“Animating Postal History,” Fordham University Board of Trustees, February 3, 2016.

“The Aesthetic State of Suicide in The Hapless Orphan,” Fordham Graduate English Association Faculty-Student Roundtable, October 9, 2015.

“Cultivating an Online Persona,” Fordham Digital Humanities Graduate Student Group Workshop Series, May 2015.

“Sketching Women in the Nineteenth Century: Speed, Technology, and the Subject of Vision,” Fordham Graduate English Association Conference, October 24, 2014.

“Omeka and Text-to-Map Publishing,” Digital Humanities and Pedagogy: A Workshop, Fordham University, Spring 2014.

“Imagining a Digital Future for the First-Year Student Journal,” Horizons, College English Association, Baltimore, MD, March 27-9, 2014.

“'Breaking open the post-office:’ Race and Avenues of Access to Public and Private Knowledge in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Dred,” Shifting Landscapes: Dislocation and the Construction of Spaces in the Literature of the Americas, Toronto, Canada, ACLA, April 4-7, 2013.

“Volatile Bodies: Humanity, Physicality, and Reproduction in Early Modern Anatomical Texts,” Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World, Vancouver, BC, April 26-28, 2012.

“Erotics of Enclosure in Sir Gowther,” Middle America Medieval Association Conference, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, February 25, 2012.

Queer Futurity: Trans (Re)visions of Gender, Sexuality, and Nation in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Jeanette Winterson’s The.Powerbook,” Art of Outrage, Fordham University, New York, NY, October 14, 2011.

“Queering the Natural: Flowers in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Jeanette Winterson’s The.Powerbook,” Revolution!, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, April 2, 2011.

“Problematic Subversions: Essentialization, Hybridization, and Male Anxiety in Dante’s Inferno,” Cultural Studies Association, Chicago, IL, March 24-26, 2011.

“English Channel Surfing: Exploring Boundaries of Geography, Gender, and Self in Charlotte Brontë’s Villette,” Journeys, British Women Writers Association, College Station, TX, April 8-11, 2010.

“The Evolving Performance of the Female Body in Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood,” Kansas Research Forum, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, February 11, 2010.



Fordham University

  • Honors Public Speaking, Spring 2016
  • Honors Program Writing Intensive, Fall 2015
  • Queer American Literature, Spring 2015
  • Composition II, 2013-2014
  • Tutor, Lincoln Center Writing Center, 2011-2013

Kansas State University

  • Fiction into Film, Spring 2011
  • Expository Writing II, Fall 2010
  • Expository Writing I, 2009-2010
  • Enhanced University Experience, 2006-2008
  • Teaching Assistant, University Honors Program, Fall 2007

Susan B. Anthony Middle School, Manhattan, Kansas

  • Teacher, Middle Level Language Arts, 2008-2009
  • Paraeducator, Adaptive Reading and Writing, 2007-2008



  • Writing Mentor, Girls Write Now, New York City, 2012-2014.
  • Writing Center Founder and Director, Newark Writes, Newark Public Library, Summer 2012.
  • Writing Workshop Facilitator, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Community Advisory Board, 2011-2012.
  • English Tutor, Academic Assistance Center, Kansas State University, 2009-2011.
  • Reading/Writing Tutor, Special Populations, Manhattan, KS, 2007-2009.



Fordham University

  • Co-Editor, Rhetorikos undergraduate student journal, 2013-2016.
  • Co-President, Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities Group, 2015-2016.
  • Member, Fordham University LGBTQ Graduate Student Organization, 2014-present.
  • President, Graduate English Association, 2013-2014.
  • Staff, CURA Literary Magazine, 2012-2013.
  • Graduate Student Representative, English Department faculty meetings, 2012-2014.
  • Coordinator, Memory Studies reading group, 2012-2013.

Kansas State University

  • Graduate Student Representative, Cultural Studies Committee, 2009-2011.
  • Coordinator, Graduate Student reading group, 2010-2011.
  • Program Assistant, English graduate admissions committee, 2010.
  • Representative, University Honors Program Advisory Council, 2006-2008.



  • Modern Language Association
  • American Studies Association
  • C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
  • Society of Early Americanists
  • NYC Digital Humanities Group Steering Committee



Spanish, French



Available upon request.