Professor Howard received her Ph.D. from Rutgers in 2013. She studies religious and moral ideas in early American fiction and is at work on a book manuscript titled A Language “Burning and God-Given”: Fiction, Religion, and Morality in America, 1790-1865. This project describes the innovation in early American fiction that resulted from imagining religious and moral ideas into scenes of contemporary life. She has received awards for her research and teaching from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the Huntington Library, the Harrison Institute at the University of Virginia, Wellesley College, and Rutgers University, and her work is forthcoming in American Literature and Common-place.
B.A., Wellesley College, 2004; M.A. Rutgers University, 2010; Ph.D., 2013