Jeannine Marie DeLombard teaches in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she maintains an Affiliation with the History Department. She specializes in African American and pre-1900 American literature, with a particular interest in identity and personhood at the intersections of slavery, law, and print publicity. Her last book, In the Shadow of the Gallows: Race, Crime, and American Civic Identity (Penn 2012) serves as a prequel of sorts to her first book, Slavery on Trial: Law, Abolitionism, and Print Culture (UNC 2007). She is currently at work on her third book, Bound to Respect: Democratic Dignity & the Indignities of Slavery.
She has been honored to receive the Robert K. Martin Best Book Prize (2013); the Melville Society’s Hennig Cohen Prize for Best Work in Melville Studies (2009); and lifetime membership in the American Antiquarian Society (2009). Current essays can be found in The Routledge Research Companion to Law and Humanities in 19th-Century America (2017); The Cambridge History of American Crime Fiction (2018); The Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative (Oxford 2014); The American Novel: 1870-1940, vol. 6 of The Oxford History of the Novel in English (Oxford 2014); The New Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville (Cambridge 2013); A Companion to American Legal History (Blackwell 2013); and Early African American Print Culture (Penn 2012).
- American Literature before 1900
- Afro-diasporic Literature & Culture
- Law, Culture, & the Humanities
- Personal Narrative & Documentary Nonfiction