Digital Mitford Staff

Mary Russell Mitford

Maintained by: Elisa E. Beshero-Bondar (ebb8 at Creative Commons LicenseLast modified: 2017-01-31-05:00


Elisa Beshero-Bondar, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Principal Editor, Founding EditorGregory Bondar, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Founding EditorGreg Bondar has photographed over 300 of Mitford's letters in the Reading Central Library, and another 150 letters in the John Rylands Library in Manchester. He maintains the Digital Mitford project's Excel database documenting over 1000 individual letters and manuscripts. He teaches courses in Anthropology and Archaeology for Penn State Greater Allegheny and the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg campuses, and he co-teaches Pitt-Greensburg's Digital Humanities course with Elisa Beshero-Bondar. His research involves studying ancient stone tools with nuclear reactor technology, and combines his undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Anthropology. While he has only been involved with Digital Humanities applications since 2013, he has spent many years marking up ethnographic data in the mid-1990s. Amy Colombo, Virginia Commonwealth UniversityKellie Donovan-Condron, Babson College, Founding Editor Kellie Donovan-Condron writes about the intersection of urban and Gothic in the Romantic era. She is also interested in questions of genre and social networking. She has written about Mitford's epic poem Blanch and Mitford's network of women writers. Previously, she worked on a project to digitize a collection of 17th- and 18th-century maps and ephemeral materials through the Tufts University Perseus Project. Amy L. Gates, Missouri Southern State UniversityAmy L. Gates is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at Missouri Southern State University. Her teaching and research are centered around eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, with a focus on British Romanticism. For the Digital Mitford project, she works on letters and is the editor of Mitford's play Inez de Castro. Eric Hood, Adrian College, Founding EditorEric Hood is an Assistant Professor at Adrian College and holds a PhD from the University of Kansas. He specializes in literary theory, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British poetry (particularly, the epic), and intellectual networks. Melissa Klamer, Michigan State UniversityMelissa Klamer is a Ph.D. student in English at Michigan State University, and is currently a Research Assistant working with MATRIX: Center for the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research focuses on Victorian women's life writing, particularly letters and diaries. Rebecca Nesvet, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, Founding Editor Rebecca Nesvet's research on Romanticism, travel literature, and drama appears in the Keats-Shelley Journal, Prism(s): Essays in Romanticism, Women's Writing, The Review of English Studies, Literature Compass, Shakespearean International Yearbook, and, in Romania, American, British, and Canadian Studies. She won the International Conference on Romanticism's 2012 Lore Metzger Award for the best graduate paper. Her dissertation The Vanishing Voyager and the Emerging Outsider, 1818-1930, was directed by Prof. Jeanne Moskal and won UNC-Chapel Hill's Thomson award for the best nineteenth-century literature dissertation. Molly C. O'Donnell, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Molly O’Donnell is the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, President’s Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She has recently contributed to Victoriographies and the Norton Anthology, and was formerly associate faculty at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Her dissertation uses contemporary sociolinguistics to examine the nineteenth-century tales novel as a useful mode for exploration in the areas of genre, narrative, and gender studies.Catherine M. Parisian, University of North Carolina PembrokeCatherine M. Parisian is a book historian and bibliographer whose research has focused on a a range of subjects including the first White House library, Frances Burney, Alice in Wonderland, and eighteenth-century book trade ledgers. She is an associate professor in the Department of English, Theatre, and Foreign Languages at UNC Pembroke, where she teaches principles of literary studies, women's literature and composition.Elizabeth Raisanen, University of Oregon, Founding Editor Elizabeth Raisanen is the Director of Undergraduate Advising and an Instructor of Literature in the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. A specialist in the women writers of the British Romantic era, Elizabeth's research interests also extend to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, Romantic drama, and the Digital Humanities. She has presented papers on Mitford's plays at the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, the Wordsworth Summer Conference, and the British Women Writer's Conference, and her article on Mitford's play Rienzi appeared in European Romantic Reviewin 2011 . Other essays on Romantic women writers have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Women's Studies and an edited collection on Mary Wollstonecraft. Elizabeth has also taught undergraduate students how to transcribe, code, and conduct research on a collection of Mitford's letters stored at Reading Central Library. James Rovira, Tiffin University James Rovira teaches British literature, Creative Writing: Poetry, Creative Writing: Creative Non-Fiction, and Literary Theory at Tiffin University in Tiffin, OH. His research interests include William Blake, Søren Kierkegaard, British and Danish history and literature, poetry, and theory. His book, Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety is available in both hardcover and paperback from Bloomsbury/Continuum. He currently lives in the greater Columbus area with his wife Sheridan and his children Penn, Grace, and Zoe.Daniel Schierenbeck, University of Central MissouriDaniel Schierenbeck has published essays on Romantic authors including Jane Austen, William Blake, Charles and Mary Lamb, Mary Mitford, Mary Shelley, and Jane West. He is currently at work on project that examines the impact of conservative religous discourse on the cultural politics and aesthetics of early ninteenth-century British literature.Samantha Webb, University of Montevallo, Founding Editor Samantha Webb teaches classes in British Romantic literature, children's literature, and global literature. She specializes in British Romanticism, with an interest in food and agricultural politics, ecology, and women's writing. Lisa M. Wilson, State University of New York at Potsdam, Founding Editor, BibliographerLisa Wilson is Professor in the Department of English and Communication at SUNY Potsdam, where she has taught since 2005. She is also the Director of interdisciplinary Learning Communities for the campus, and currently serves as Chair of Faculty Senate. Her areas of interest include transatlantic Romantic and Victorian era literature, particularly women’s writing and popular forms such as the Gothic novel and the literary ballad. She is also interested in book history and bibliographical studies, particularly in the study of authorship in the long nineteenth century (1780-1900). She has published in European Romantic Review, Romanticism on the Net (now RaVon), Romantic Circles, Romantic Textualities, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a monograph on Romantic-period authorship and literary celebrity. Her work on Digital Mitford thus far includes editing and coding Mitford’s “Introduction” to her collected Dramatic Works (1854), a critical memoir that recounts the author’s influences and experiences at Covent Garden and Drury Lane in the 1820s and 30s. It also includes researching Mitford’s publication history for the site’s working bibliography, particularly tracking the migration of Mitford’s stories from their first publication to their later reappearances in collections and periodicals. A Founding Editor of Digital Mitford, she and her team of student research assistants have been at work since 2013 on transcribing, coding, and researching Mitford’s letters from 1819 to the early 1820s. Mary Erica Zimmer, Editorial Institute, Boston UniversityMary Erica Zimmer comes to Digital Mitford through her interests in scholarly editing, data visualization, textual scholarship, literary influence, and media change. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Editorial Studies at Boston University’s Editorial Institute and is also associated with several projects through the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Early Modern Digital Agendas group (

Consulting Editors: Data Visualization Group

Mark Algee-Hewitt, Stanford Literary LabDavid J. Birnbaum, University of PittsburghThomas Lombardi, Washington and Jefferson CollegeDavid Robinson, Grinnell College: Information TechnologyMary Erica Zimmer, Editorial Institute, Boston UniversityMary Erica Zimmer comes to Digital Mitford through her interests in scholarly editing, data visualization, textual scholarship, literary influence, and media change. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Editorial Studies at Boston University’s Editorial Institute and is also associated with several projects through the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Early Modern Digital Agendas group (

Student Assistants

Olivia Allard, State University of New York at PotsdamOlivia Allard expects to graduate in 2017 with a B.A. in Communication from the State University of New York at Potsdam. She is also completing a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. She has worked as a Digital Mitford Research Assistant since Spring 2015. In fall 2015, she wrote a book history of Mitford's 1824 Our Village as a final project for Dr. Wilson's undergraduate course in Victorian literature. Sara Cantwell, State University of New York, PotsdamSara Cantwell received her B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the State University of New York at Potsdam in May 2014. She specializes in the writing of poetry and creative non-fiction. In fall 2015, she began work on an M.A. in English and Communication from SUNY Potsdam and joined the Digital Mitford project. She is particularly interested in Mitford's poetry and letters. Julie Fish, State University of New York, PotsdamJulie Fish plans to graduate in 2017 with a B.A. in English: Literature from the State University of New York at Potsdam. She is working as a Digital Mitford Research Assistant in Spring and Summer 2017. Jonathan Michael Horanic, University of Pittsburgh at GreensburgJonathan M. Horanic is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature, Secondary Education and History minors, and a Digital Studies Certificate at Pitt-Greensburg. Jonathan is currently working on another on-going digital archive that focuses on the curation and visulization of graveyard records at Brush Creek Cemetery in Irwin, PA. His project, theGraveyard , involves the collection and study of data collected from on-site gravestone inscriptions, burial records, and gravesite maps. Jonathan is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, and is currently working on the Digital Mitford Project as Dr. Beshero-Bondar's second Green Scholar. Rebecca Jeanne Parker, University of Pittsburgh at GreensburgRebecca Parker graduated with a B.A. in English Literature and Social Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, where she works as an assistant for the Center for the Digital Text. She is currently working on a digital archive of her own. Her project, The Restoration of Nell Nelson, started in spring 2014 as research for her capstone thesis in history. The Nell Nelson archive intends to restore the importance of a female investigative reporter that exposed the harmful effects of industrialization in Chicago at the turn of the twentieth century. Parker's interest in Digital Humanities stemmed from her involvement on the Digital Mitford Project working as Dr. Beshero-Bondar's Green Scholar. Rebecca is an active member of Sigma Tau Delta and Phi Kappa Phi on her campus.Brooke Ann Stewart, University of Pittsburgh at GreensburgBrooke A. Stewart is a student at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, where she is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature and a Digital Studies Certificate. Brooke is currently working on another digital archive that focuses on Emily Dickinson. Her project, Emily Dickinson , looks closely at Dickinson's original poem manuscripts and compares them to published versions, which often differ in significant ways from Dickinson's original work. Brooke is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Tau Delta, and Habitat for Humanity on her campus. She is currently working on the Digital Mitford Project as Dr. Beshero-Bondar's Green Scholar.

Advisory Board

Mark Algee-Hewitt, Stanford Literary LabDavid J. Birnbaum, University of PittsburghCarol Bolton, Loughborough UniversityAlison Booth, University of VirginiaProfessor of English, Booth directs the Collective Biographies of Women (CBW) project at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities and Scholars' Lab, with supported from the English Department, an ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship, and an NEH Level II Startup Grant, Office of Digital Humanities. An annotated bibliography, led to a relational database of the more than 1200 books and 8000 persons represented in the 13,000 biographical chapters in those books. See With a stand-aside XML schema, Biographical Elements and Structure Schema, the project team analyzes the narrative conventions of women's biographies in documentary social networks, focusing on sample collections of types of personae. In 2015-2016, CBW collaborates with Social Networks in Archival Contexts to enhance access to archival records of women worldwide. Booth's research on nineteenth-century transatlantic literary reception history includes a chapter on Mitford and women writers in the completed book, "Homes and Haunts: Visting Writers' Shrines and Countries."Frederick Burwick, University of California, Los AngelesPatricia M. Duck, University of PittsburghNicholas Joukovsky, Penn State UniversityDiego Saglia, Università degli Studi di ParmaMartha Nell Smith, University of MarylandThe founding Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, or MITH, Martha Nell Smith is Professor of English and a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland. She has published and contributed extensively to print and digital textual scholarship of Emily Dickinson and her circle, especially Susan Huntington Gilbert Dickinson. She launched the Dickinson Electronic Archives in 1997 and with Lara Vetter she is developing Emily Dickinson's Correspondences: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry.


Karen Bourrier, University of CalgaryKaren Bourrier is an assistant professor at the University of Calgary. She is currently working on a biography and digital edition of the letters of best-selling Victorian novelist Dinah Mulock Craik. She is very pleased to be part of Digital Mitford. Catherine S. Cox, University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown Catherine S Cox teaches at the University of Pittsburgh's Johnstown campus, offering classes in biblical and medieval literature and culture, history of the English language, and contemporary critical theory, her areas of professional publication as well. She recently joined the Mitford project, which she sees as an exciting opportunity to create digital resources in a collaborative environment. Melinda Creech, Baylor UniversityPhD in progress at Baylor University, Graduate Assistant at the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor UniversityAlexandra Drayton, University of St Andrews One of the Digital Mitford project's founding editors, Alexandra Drayton earned a Ph.D. from the University of St Andrews. She has consulted the team on prosopography details in letters encoding and the 1824 first edition of Our Village. Research interests include: representations of Gypsies in Romantic and Victorian literature and art, the picturesque and the work of Mary Russell Mitford. Daniel Hitt, University of Pittsburgh at GreensburgPrimary research interest: contemporary reception of 19th Century American authors, specifically Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe, by European readers. Other interests: issues in composition, the writing process, manuscripts, early short stories, Mitford's connection to Hawthorne, and Dark Romanticism. Megan Abigail Hughes, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Loyola Marymount UniversityMegan Hughes was Elisa Beshero-Bondar's Green Scholar (or research assistant) before she graduated from Pitt-Greensburg in 2014. She is studying and pursuing a career in screen writing for television at Loyola Marymount University.Courtney F. Hunsinger, University of Pittsburgh at JohnstownM. Stephanie Murray, Carnegie Mellon UniversityElaine Frantz Parsons, Duquesne UniversityStacey Triplette, University of Pittsburgh at GreensburgStacey Triplette, Assistant Professor of Spanish and French at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She studies the literature of medieval and early modern Spain, France, and England. Her articles have been published in Cervantes and Bulletin of Spanish Studies, and she has forthcoming essays in La corónica and an edited volume titled Connecting Past and Present: Exploring the Influence of the Spanish Golden Age in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries. She is currently working on a book titled Reading Chivalry in Spain, England, and France, which explores the influence of Amadís de Gaula and other medieval chivalric works on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century writers including Miguel de Cervantes, Beatriz Bernal, Ana Caro, Nicholas de Hebreray, and Mary Wroth.

Past helpers with the project

Thanks to the following students from SUNY Potsdam and UCLA who helped us with this project in the past: Gracia Amos, William Barr, Ella Beckman, Jaime Burwell, Austin Calderwood, Tracy Harnish, Toni Hays, Nathaniel Hebert, Chi-Ya Huang, Mehaque Kohli, Corie LaSalle, Natalie LoRusso, Heather Long, Hailey Lown, Kristen Murphy, Chelsie Murray, Margo Paine, Ashante Parker, Wilmina Sainbert, Heather Sarsfield, Perdita Sasu, Rebecca Tang, and Robin Xiong.