• Visiting Assistant Professor of English

    Morton 116
    (434) 223-7262
    jwhitney@hsc.edu


  

Education

Ph.D., Emory University, 2018
B.A., Haverford College, 2010

Research and Teaching Interests

British Romanticism, Law and Literature, Transatlantic Studies, Gothic Literature, Music and Literature, Critical Race Studies, Cultural Studies.

RESEARCH & WRITING IN-PROGRESS

“Penalties of Life: Punishment, Autonomy, and Fate in Byron and Shelley” (In Progress).

“Romantic References: Christianity, Slavery, and Race in Blake and Cugoano” (currently under review).

Service and Memberships

SERVICE

Rhetoric Essay Exam Committee Member. Hampden-Sydney College, 2018-2019. Collaborated with the English Department and Rhetoric Program faculty to select articles, and devise essay exam questions for the Fall/Spring Rhetoric Essay Examination. 

Capstone Project Second Reader. Hampden-Sydney College, 2018-2019. Advised a senior capstone project on Edgar Allen Poe’s The Gold Bug and Toni Morrison article Playing in the Dark. Met with student to give critical feedback on paper drafts.

Graduate Social Life Co-Chair. Emory University, 2013-2014. Collaborated with the English Department administration to plan events for grad students, and assist with supervising the Department’s prospective students recruitment weekend.

Upper Class Academic Advisor. Haverford College, 2009-2010. Supervised 16 first-year students by advising them on course selections and being a direct liaison between students, their faculty advisors, and the Dean of First-Year Students.

Peer Career Advisor. Haverford College, 2008-2010. Facilitated biweekly advising sessions at Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College with undergraduates to assist them with creating resumes, CVs, and cover letters.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

The British Women Writers Association
The North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
The Transatlantic Studies Association
The International Conference on Romanticism
European Romantic Review

Fellowships and Awards

2017-2018       Research Partners Program Dissertation Completion Fellowship

2012-2017       Emory Graduate Diversity Fellowship

2006-2010       Ira De Augustine Reid Scholarship, Haverford College

 

Academic Conferences and Presentations

August 2019  
“Black Romanticism and the Slave Trade in Ottobah Cugoano’s Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of Slavery
North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. Chicago, IL.

July 2019        
“Transatlantic Identities in Ottobah Cugoano’s Antislavery Narrative”
The Transatlantic Studies Association. Lancaster, UK.

June 2018
“Punishment and the Death Penalty in Percy Shelley’s The Cenci
North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. Providence, RI.

August 2017  
“William Wordsworth’s Meditation on Life and Death through Music in the 1799 Prelude
North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. Ottawa, CAN.

June 2017
“Empathy, Persuasion, and Legal Critique in the Corrupt Courtroom Trials of Maria; or, The Wrongs of Woman and Mary Barton
The British Women Writers Conference. Chapel Hill, NC.

June 2016 
“Urizen as Divine Arbiter in William Blake’s The Four Zoas
Judgment in Nineteenth-Century Culture Conference. Plymouth, UK.

June 2016
“Reading Confession as Judicial Critique in Mary Wollstonecraft’s Maria; or, The Wrongs of Woman
The British Women Writers Conference. Athens, GA.

October 2013 
“The Death of Music: A Muted Voice and the Quest for Tonal Recovery in Percy Shelley’s Adonais
The International Conference on Romanticism. Rochester, MI.

Invited Talks and Lectures

March 2019
"The Next Fifty Years: Visions of the Future of Hampden-Sydney College
Minority Alumni Mentorship Weekend. Hampden-Sydney, VA.

March 2019
“Law and Literature in British Romanticism”
Hampden-Sydney College, English Department. Hampden-Sydney VA.

October 2018 
“Embarking on the Senior Capstone Research Process”
Hampden-Sydney College, English Department. Hampden-Sydney VA.

October 2017 
“Deciding Whether Graduate School is the Right Choice for You”
Morehouse College. English Department. Atlanta, GA.

Sept. 2017      
“British Romanticism and the Ethics of Justice.”
The Scholarly Inquiry and Research Program at Emory. Atlanta, GA.

April 2017
“Polishing Your Paper: Tips and Strategies to Improve Your Final Papers”
Emory University. Rollins School of Public Health. Atlanta, GA.

Feb. 2016
“Personal Reflections on My Graduate School Experience”
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. Haverford, PA.

Feb. 2016
“Preparing for the Graduate School Experience: The Application Process”
Morehouse College. English Department. Atlanta, GA.

October 2015 
“How Literary Narratives Facilitate a Critique of Race and Politics”
Emory University. Comparative Literature Department. Atlanta, GA.

October 2015 
“W.E.B Dubois, Booker T. Washington, and the Debate of American Identity in the Age of Obama.”
Emory University. Comparative Literature Department. Atlanta, GA.

Sept. 2015      
“William Blake’s Milton and the Method of Deciphering His Engravings”
Emory University. English Department. Atlanta, GA.

April 2010      
“Racial Adversities Facing Young Black Men at Haverford College”
Haverford College. Office of Multicultural Affairs. Haverford College.