I’m a PhD candidate in the English Department at New York University, where I study 18th and 19th century American literature and culture. Specific research and teaching interests include book history and print culture, Black Atlantic studies, spatial and digital humanities, and historic New York City writing and culture. My dissertation, entitled At the Bookstore: Literary and Cultural Experience in Antebellum New York City, explores the history and social life of the bookstore in the physical and cultural landscape of the city and the daily lives of nineteenth-century New Yorkers.


I’ve arrived in New York via Philadelphia, where I completed a Masters degree at the University of Delaware, and Chicago, where I earned my undergraduate degree in Secondary Education at Northwestern University. Following a year in AmeriCorps as a community organizer for a Baltimore elementary school, I taught English for a few years at Lake Forest High School in a suburb north of Chicago before deciding to pursue an advanced degree in Literature. I’ve taught courses at the high school, undergraduate, and adult-learning levels.

I currently live with my family in Brooklyn.


This site is intended primarily to archive my professional projects. I’m also online at the Tumblr site, By The By, and on Twitter @kdhighland.