Nicholas T Rinehart

Research resources

UPenn CFP Listings — The best online database for calls-for-papers across all literary fields, updated weekly.

The Project on the History of Black Writing — Founded and directed by Professor Maryemma Graham at the University of Kentucky since 1983, the PHBW maintains a database of over 1,000 novels by African American writers and an active blog.

Francophone Slavery — A collection of research materials, online resources, and unpublished essays assembled by Doris Y. Kadish at the University of Georgia, one of the foremost experts on French colonial slavery.

North American Slave Narratives — A complete digitized library of autobiographies and biographies of North American slaves and ex-slaves from the beginnings to 1920, created and maintained by William L. Andrews (UNC-Chapel Hill). UNC Press has begun issuing some of these narratives as print and ebooks, available here.

O Say Can You See: Early Washington, DC, Law & Family — This project explores multigenerational black, white, and mixed family networks in early Washington, D.C., by collecting, digitizing, making accessible, and analyzing thousands of case files from the Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, Maryland state courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. These include a rather large collection of slaves' petitions for freedom, which have been transcribed from archival originals.

Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora — Supported by York University, the Tubman Resource Center houses the Studies in the History of the African Diaspora-Documents (SHADD), which publishes translations of rare manuscripts in Arabic, French, Portuguese, English, Spanish and other languages relevant to the history of the African diaspora.

Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies — Administered by Vanderbilt University and directed by Jane Landers, the ESSSS project is dedicated to identifying, cataloguing, and digitally preserving endangered archival materials documenting the history of Africans and Afro-descended peoples in the Iberian colonies.


The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History — The Junto is a group blog made up of junior early Americanists dedicated to providing content of general interest to other early Americanists and those interested in early American history, as well as a forum for discussion of relevant historical and academic topics.

Common-place — Features, reviews, and columns in this online journal speak to scholars, museum curators, teachers, hobbyists, and just about anyone interested in American history before 1900, embracing new scholarship, teaching, poetry, and exhibits that explore all aspects of America’s past and its many peoples.

Mixed Race Studies — A frequently-updated Wordpress blog including contemporary debates in ethnic studies, relevant news and features pieces, and recent academic work (published and unpublished) on critical race theory.

ARCADE: a digital salon — Based out of Stanford University, this innovative and collaborative platform offers an array of blogs, journals that seek to redefine their genre, videocasts and podcasts, and other features for scholars, students, and the public.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture — A blog maintained by the Schomburg Center in New York City, arguably the premier research center and archival collection for African American studies.

Medieval POC — A tumblr blog that showcases historical representations of people of color, especially Africans, in European visual art from the fall of the Roman Empire to approximately 1650.

Professional Resources

Robert Boice, Advice for New Faculty Members: Nihil Nimus (Pearson, 2000)

Karen Kelsy, The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning your Ph.D. into a Job (Three Rivers, 2015)

William Germano, From Dissertation to Book (UChicago, 2013)

Modern Language Association Report, "Data on Humanities Doctorate Recipients and Faculty Members by Race and Ethnicity"


Department of English at Harvard University — Founded in 1876; still going strong. See especially the graduate colloquia, including the American Literature Colloquium and newly-formed Colloquium on Race and Ethnicity.

American Literature in the World Conference at Yale University — An Open Source Platform, broadening the scope of American literature, opening it to more complex geographies, and to a variety of genres and media. An annual graduate conference, collaborative blog, and soon-to-be web-and-print anthology created and curated by Wai Chee Dimock.

Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University — A crossroads for interdisciplinary discussions among Harvard faculty, faculty from other area institutions, graduate students, undergraduates, and the public. It sponsors lectures, panels, readings, conferences, workshops, and seminars on a wide range of topics. 

Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University — The world's premier research institute for African and African American Studies. See especially the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute (led by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.), Afro-Latin American Research Institute (led by Alejandro de la Fuente), and Transition Magazine.

The Institute for World Literature at Harvard University — Founded and directed by David Damrosch to explore the study of literature in a globalizing world, the IWL convenes a four-week session every summer with visiting scholars. 

The Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College — A week-long summer institute founded and directed by Donald Pease that combines plenary sessions featuring talks from Institute faculty and research seminars in which all participants present and discuss their own work-in-progress.


Modern Language Association — Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America hosts an annual convention and other meetings, works with related organizations, and sustains one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities, including the association's official journal PMLA.

American Comparative Literature Association — Founded in 1960, the ACLA is the principal learned society in the United States for scholars whose work involves several literatures and cultures as well as the premises of cross-cultural literary study itself. The association hosts an annual meeting and published Comparative Literature (Duke UP).

American Literature Association — The major activity of the American Literature Association is its annual conference, which includes many special sessions organized by affiliated author societies. 

American Historical Association — The American Historical Association (AHA) is the largest professional organization in the United States devoted to the study and promotion of history and historical thinking, bringing together historians from all specializations and professions. The AHA hosts an annual convention and publishes the American Historical Review

Society for Historians of the Early Republic — Established in 1977, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) is an association of scholars dedicated to exploring the events and the meaning of United States history between 1776 and 1861. SHEAR publishes the Journal of the Early Republic (UPenn Press).

Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States — Founded in 1973, MELUS endeavors to expand the definition of new, more broadly conceived US literature through the study and teaching of Latino, Native American, African American, Asian and Pacific American, and ethnically specific Euro-American literary works, their authors, and their cultural contexts. MELUS hosts an annual conference and publishes the journal MELUS (Oxford UP).

Featured images: photograph of Charles Chesnutt, courtesy of the Charles W. Chesnutt Library Archives and Special Collections at Fayetteville State University; Aaron Douglass, “Aspects of Negro Life: An Idyll of the Deep South” (1934), courtesy of the Art and Artifacts Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library [original in color]; “Formal photograph of an African-American man, with beard and mustache, around 50 years old” (1918) by Cornelius Marion Battey, courtesy of the Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.