Jonathan Senchyne

Jonathan Senchyne is an associate professor of book history and print culture and director of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on the intersections of early American literary history with the material culture of books and print. He is the author of The Intimacy of Paper in Early and Nineteenth-Century American Literature (University of Massachusetts Press) as well as over a dozen articles on subjects including African American print culture, library history, and material textuality. Senchyne has been a research fellow at some of the US’s finest print and manuscript collections including the American Antiquarian Society and the New York Public Library and has researched and taught from the excellent special collections at UW and the Wisconsin Historical Society for over a decade. From 2017-2018, he was the Pine Tree Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Future of the Book in a Digital Age at the CUNY Graduate Center. As a teacher, he values hands-on experiences with books, manuscripts, and other primary sources and encourages students to develop practices that engage all of their senses in encounters with material texts.