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To contact us about this project, please reach out to us at kacie.wills@ic.edu and erica.hayes@villanova.edu

Dr. Kacie L. Wills is an Assistant Professor of English at Illinois College. Her research is dedicated to examining the relationship of print culture to gender and imperial whiteness in the late eighteenth century and Romantic period.  Her book project, The Romantic Pacific and the British Colonial Print Matrix: Critiquing Imperial Whiteness through Women’s Ephemera Collections, Literature, and Print Illustration, complements and expands current work in eighteenth-century, Romantic, and empire studies by demonstrating the cultural process through which Indigenous persons and women were mediated to conform to imperial aims in print collections and the bound book. She is the recent recipient of the Keats-Shelley Association of America Carl H. Pforzheimer Jr. Pforzheimer Research Grant and the Huntington Library’s short-term Dibner Fellowship in the History of Science. Wills is co-editor of the book, Women and the Art and Science of Collecting in Eighteenth-Century Europe, (Routledge 2020). She has published and forthcoming articles and book chapters in Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities (IDEAH), Romanticism on the Net, , English Studies, and The Edinburgh Companion to Romanticism and the Arts. 

Erica Y. Hayes is a Digital Scholarship Librarian at Villanova University, where she leads Falvey Memorial Library’s digital scholarship program and collaborates with faculty and students on developing digital humanities projects. Prior to joining Villanova University, she was a North Carolina State University Libraries Fellow and the project manager on the Immersive Scholar Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant. She holds a Master of Information Science and a Master of Library Science dual degree from Indiana University, Bloomington and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach. Her research interests include 18th-century studies, women studies, digital pedagogy, and cultural heritage materials and technology. She has published and forthcoming articles in Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities (IDEAH), Romanticism on the Net, Women and the Art and Science of Collecting in Eighteenth-Century Europe, and The Programming Historian.