Allison Turner

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Humanities Research Center
Rice University


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

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

  • Dissertation: “Waste, Formations, and Remnants in the Eighteenth-Century Novel”

  • Committee: James Chandler, Frances Ferguson, Heather Keenleyside

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


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


“Landscape with Figures: Ann Radcliffe and the Gothic Aesthetic.” (under review)

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


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

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

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

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

“Accounting for Waste: On Keeping Track of Superfluous Populations.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 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.

Invited respondent, “Cycle.” Scaling Forms: Dialogues Across Disciplines Conference, Chicago, IL. April 1, 2016.

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


Courses Taught

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 

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. 


Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship for the course "Wasteland: Literature, Aesthetics, Environment," 2018-19.

Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Collaboration Grant for the project “Elaborating Waste," 2017-18.

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

Nicholson Graduate Fellowship, 2017.

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

Chawton House Library Visiting Fellowship, 2016-17.

University Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2012-17.

UChicago Grad Travel Award, University of Chicago, 2016.

Tillotson Travel Award, University of Chicago, 2014.

Phi Beta Kappa, University of Virginia, 2010.

academic service

Co-organizer, Environmental Film Series, Rice University, 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.


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.


American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

CENHS (Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences), Rice University

Modern Language Association

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism


Joseph Campana, Alan Dugald McKillop Professor, English, Rice University (

James Chandler, Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor, English, University of Chicago (

Frances Ferguson, Ann L. and Lawrence B. Buttenwieser Professor, English, University of Chicago (

Heather Keenleyside, Associate Professor, English, University of Chicago (