Allison Turner

Society of Fellows in the Humanities
Columbia University

EDUCATION

Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Chicago, 2018.

  • College Teaching Certificate, Chicago Center for Teaching, University of Chicago, 2018.

B.A. with highest distinction, English (Modern Studies), University of Virginia, 2010.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University, 2019-present.

Lecturer, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2019-present.

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Humanities Research Center, Rice University, 2018-19.

RESEARCH & TEACHING FIELDS

Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture; environmental humanities; global/empire studies; history of the novel; feminist and queer theory. 

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Essays

“Landscape with Figures: Ann Radcliffe and the Gothic Aesthetic.” (revise and resubmit, NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction)

“Nature and Classification in Dorothy and William Wordsworth’s Writing.” SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 58.4 (2018).

Book Review

Review of Systems Failure: The Uses of Disorder in English Literature by Andrew Franta. Modern Philology. (forthcoming)

Monograph

The Salvaging Disposition: Waste and the Novel Form, in progress.

LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS

Invited Lectures & Presentations

“Subsistence Lit.” Seminar on Eighteenth-Century European Culture, Columbia University, New York, NY. February 20, 2020. (scheduled)

“Byproducts and the Novel from Defoe to Richardson.” Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University, New York, NY. November 14, 2019. (scheduled)

“Salvage.” Keywords Roundtable at the Waste Matters Symposium, Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. April 11, 2019.

“Salvage Economics.” Waste: Histories and Futures Symposium, Rice University Humanities Research Center, Houston, TX. February 1, 2019.

“Byproducts and the Novel: Recollection in Samuel Richardson’s Pamela.” University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI. January 10, 2019.

“Cycle.” Response to Tobias Menely. Scaling Forms: Dialogues Across Disciplines Conference, Chicago, IL. April 1, 2016.

Conference Presentations

“Is the Novel an Assemblage? Or, Two Janes (Austen v. Bennett).” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO. March 19-21, 2020. (scheduled)

“Elements without Form: On the Critique of Political Romanticism.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. August 8-12, 2019.

“Hope, Exceptionalism, and the Novel.” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference, Davis, CA. June 26-30, 2019.

“The Character of Infrastructure.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. March 21-23, 2019.

“At the Risk of Feeling: Sympathy and the Actuarial Novel.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL. March 22-25, 2018.

“General Population: John Howard’s Prison Reform.” British Association for Romantic Studies International Conference, York, UK. July 27-30, 2017.

“Accounting for Waste: On Keeping Track of Superfluous Populations.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN. March 30 – April 2, 2017.

“Becoming Waste; or, Ann Radcliffe’s Salvaging Disposition.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Annual Conference, Berkeley, CA. August 11-14, 2016.

“Nature’s Metaphors and the Prose World.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Annual Conference, Washington, DC. July 10-13, 2014.  

TEACHING

Courses Taught

Instructor of Record, “Literature Humanities,” Columbia University. Spring 2020 (scheduled).

Instructor of Record, “Castaways and Containers: Modernity at Sea,” Columbia University. Fall 2019.

Instructor of Record, “Wasteland: Literature, Environment, Aesthetics,” Rice University. Fall 2018.

Instructor of Record, “Writing Subjects: Authorship, Authority, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel,” University of Chicago. Fall 2016.

Course Assistantships with Discussion Sections

Course Assistant, “Introduction to Fiction,” University of Chicago. Fall 2015.

Course Assistant, “Shakespeare: Tragedies and Romances,” University of Chicago. Spring 2016.

Other Teaching Experience

Preceptor and Mentor, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Summer Research Program, University of Chicago. Summers 2016 and 2017.

Writing Tutor, University of Chicago Writing Program. September 2015 – June 2017.

Course Assistant, “Jane Austen and Criticism,” University of Chicago. Spring 2015.

Pedagogical Training

First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support Training, Rice University. Fall 2018.

Race and Pedagogies Working Group, University of Chicago. Fall 2017.

Seminar and Workshop on Course Design, University of Chicago. Fall 2015.

Pedagogies of Writing, University of Chicago Writing Program. Summer 2015.

Teaching Undergraduate English, University of Chicago. Winter 2015.

SERVICE AND EVENT ORGANIZATION

Co-organizer of the panel, “Repairing the Eighteenth Century.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO. March 19-21, 2020. (scheduled).

Co-organizer, Symposium on the Ecopolitics of Concrete. Humanities Research Center, Rice University, Houston, TX. March 2, 2019.

Co-organizer, Environmental Film Series. Rice University, Houston, TX. October 2018.

Co-organizer of the panel, “Populations out of Place.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Minneapolis, MN. March 30 – April 2, 2017.

Graduate Student Coordinator, The English Institute Annual Meeting at the University of Chicago. September 16-18, 2016.

Co-coordinator, Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Cultures Workshop, University of Chicago. June 2014 – June 2016.

Co-coordinator, Dissertation Proposal Writing Workshop, University of Chicago, Fall 2015.

RESEARCH & RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

PATHS (Professional Advancement and Training for Humanities Scholars) Project Assistant, UChicagoGRAD. Spring 2017.

Research Assistant to Professor Elaine Hadley, University of Chicago. January 2015 – September   2017.

FELLOWSHIPS & HONORS

Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship, 2018-19. (declined)

Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Collaboration Grant for “Elaborating Waste” Project, 2017-18.

Mellon Foundation – University of Chicago Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2017-18.

Nicholson Graduate Fellowship for Research in the British Isles, 2017.

Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2016-17.

Chawton House Library Visiting Fellowship (Chawton, UK), 2016-17.

University Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2012-2017.

UChicagoGRAD Travel Award, University of Chicago, 2016.

Tillotson Travel Award, University of Chicago, 2014.

Phi Beta Kappa, University of Virginia, 2010.

PRoFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Modern Language Association

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism

REFEREES

Joseph Campana, Alan Dugald McKillop Professor, English, Rice University (jac4@rice.edu)

James Chandler, Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor, English, University of Chicago (docj@uchicago.edu)

Frances Ferguson, Ann L. and Lawrence B. Buttenwieser Professor, English, University of Chicago (ferguso1@uchicago.edu)

Heather Keenleyside, Associate Professor, English, University of Chicago (heatherk@uchicago.edu)

Zachary Samalin, Assistant Professor, English, University of Chicago (zsamalin@uchicago.edu)