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Liz Polcha

Dr. Liz Polcha

Assistant Professor


Liz Polcha received her PhD in English from Northeastern University in 2019. Her dissertation research was supported by an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and by short-term fellowships and residences from the John Carter Brown library and the American Antiquarian Society. Before joining the School of Humanities faculty at USM, Dr. Polcha was a Barra Postdoctoral Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Polcha's book, Venus in Transit: Gendered Violence and the Production of Natural History, foregrounds African and Indigenous women to the development of eighteenth-century Atlantic World natural sciences. The book argues that systemic gendered and racial violence altered the structure of natural history as it evolved into a discipline in the eighteenth century.

  • PHD - Northeastern University (2019)

ENG 340 - Analysis of Literature
HUM 501 - Introduction to Digital Humanities
HUM 402/502 - Digital Humanities Practicum

  • "Learning from the Past: The Women Writers Project and Thirty Years of Humanities Text Encoding", Magnificat Cultura i Literatura Medievals , 2017
  • "Breeding Insects and Reproducing White Supremacy", Lady Science , 2019
  • "Voyeur in the Torrid Zone: John Gabriel Stedman's Narrative of a Five Years Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, 1773–1838", Early American Literature, 2019
  • "Care and the Contingencies of Critique / A Textual Roundtable", ASAP/J, 2021
  • "New Methodologies in the Study of Natural History", Early American Literature , 2021
  • French (Professional Working)

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Areas of Expertise

Atlantic World Literature, the Black Atlantic, Caribbean Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the History of Science, Visual and Material Culture, History of the Book