Jeannine Marie DeLombard is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 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).
Professor DeLombard retains a status-only affiliation with the Department of English at the University of Toronto.
- American Literature before 1900
- Afro-diasporic Literature & Culture
- Law, Culture, & the Humanities
- Personal Narrative & Documentary Nonfiction