I was educated at Williams College (BA), Emmanuel College, Cambridge (MA Cantab.), and Johns Hopkins University (PhD), and have taught in the English department at Rutgers University since 1996. I have directed the Rutgers English Graduate Program, the Center for Cultural Analysis, and the School of Arts and Sciences Digital Humanities Initiative. In 2018-19 I co-directed, with Andrew Goldstone, the Center for Cultural Analysis seminar in Classification.
In 2019-20 I was Distinguished Fellow in the Humanities at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
From 2018-2020 I served as the President of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. My term as President recently ended with the election of a new leadership team (congratulations!) but I will continue to serve as Chair of the Virtual Conference Committee until our re-imagined all-digital conference on “Dissent” has concluded in October.
I co-direct the Black Bibliography Project with Jacqueline Goldsby (Yale). We recently concluded a successful pilot program, designing data models for the collection and analysis of high quality metadata about black-authored books and periodicals. We hope to take this project to scale in 2021.
Email: mlmcgill [at] english.rutgers.edu