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    Laura Helton, who holds a joint appointment with the Department of History, specializes in American literature and history of the twentieth century with an emphasis on African American print culture and public humanities. Her research and teaching interests include archival studies, material texts, race and memory, gender and sexuality, and the literary history of social movements. Her current book project, Collecting and Collectivity: Black Archival Publics, 1900-1950, explores the emergence of African American archives and libraries to show how historical recuperation shaped forms of racial imagination in the early twentieth century. Professor Helton is co-editor of a special issue of Social Text on "The Question of Recovery: Slavery, Freedom, and the Archive" (2015). Her work on black information practices has appeared in Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African American Print (2019), and her article on the Howard University curator Dorothy Porter, published in PMLA (2019), won honorable mention for the William Riley Parker Prize from the Modern Language Association. Currently a Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, she has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2019), the Center for Humanities & Information at Penn State (2015-2017), the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia (2013-2015), and the Bibliographical Society of America (2012).  In 2016, she was awarded the University of Pennsylvania’s Zuckerman Prize in American Studies for a dissertation connecting American history to literature or art. Professor Helton's interest in the social history of archives arose from her earlier career as an archivist. She has surveyed and processed collections that document the civil rights era, women's movement, and American radicalism for several cultural institutions, including the Mississippi Digital Library, Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, CityLore, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She has also worked with arts organizations as a grant writer and curator. The following link is her presentation at the American Philosophical Society last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8HQ-dOlkxY

 

 

308 Memorial Hall<div class="ExternalClass6EA19330C5A244B5ACFEFA82A0D9AE69"><p>Laura Helton, who holds a joint appointment with the Department of History, specializes in American literature and history of the twentieth century with an emphasis on African American print culture and public humanities. Her research and teaching interests include archival studies, material texts, race and memory, gender and sexuality, and the literary history of social movements. Her current book project, <em>Collecting and Collectivity: Black Archival Publics, 1900-1950</em>, explores the emergence of African American archives and libraries to show how historical recuperation shaped forms of racial imagination in the early twentieth century. Professor Helton is co-editor of a special issue of <em>Social Text</em> on <a href="https://doi.org/10.1215/01642472-3315766">"The Question of Recovery: Slavery, Freedom, and the Archive"</a> (2015). Her work on black information practices has appeared in <em><a href="https://muse.jhu.edu/book/65849">Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African American Print</a> </em>(2019), and her article on the Howard University curator Dorothy Porter, published in <em>PMLA</em> (2019), won honorable mention for the William Riley Parker Prize from the Modern Language Association. Currently a Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, she has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2019), the Center for Humanities & Information at Penn State (2015-2017), the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia (2013-2015), and the Bibliographical Society of America (2012).  In 2016, she was awarded the University of Pennsylvania’s Zuckerman Prize in American Studies for a dissertation connecting American history to literature or art. Professor Helton's interest in the social history of archives arose from her earlier career as an archivist. She has surveyed and processed collections that document the civil rights era, women's movement, and American radicalism for several cultural institutions, including the Mississippi Digital Library, Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, CityLore, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She has also worked with arts organizations as a grant writer and curator. The following link is her presentation at the American Philosophical Society last year: <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8HQ-dOlkxY" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8HQ-dOlkxY</a></strong><br></p><p> </p><p> </p></div>lehelton@udel.eduHelton, Laura<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/FAC_Helton_Laura-2017-11-180.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Assistant ProfessorAfrican American Literature;American Literature;Digital Humanities;Gender and Sexuality Studies;Print and Material Culture Studies;Public Humanities;Race and Ethnicity StudiesB.A. Anthropology, Barnard College; M.A. History, New York University; M.L.I.S. Library & Information Studies, Rutgers University; Ph.D. History, New York University

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEH Summer Stipend<p>​Support full-time work by a scholar on a humanities project for a period of two months.</p>Helton, Lauralehelton
William Riley Parker Prize <p>​<strong>Laura E. Helton</strong>, assistant professor of English and history, has received an honorable mention in the Modern Language Association’s competition for the annual William Riley Parker Prize for an outstanding article published in <em>PMLA</em>, the association’s journal of literary scholarship. Helton’s article, “On Decimals, Catalogs, and Racial Imaginaries of Reading,” appeared in the journal’s January 2019 issue and was cited by the awards committee as an “astute, passionate and eye-opening essay” that is “beautifully written [and] skillfully organized.” Helton is currently a scholar in residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.</p>Helton, Lauralehelton

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