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Sarah Schaefer Walton

April 17, 2018


2012, BA English (Literature and Creative Writing), Virginia Tech

2015, MA English and Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, Virginia Tech


Sarah is a PhD candidate concentrating on the long 19th century. Her research interests include Victorian travel, British Romanticism, Austen studies, fan cultures and fandoms, and the public and digital humanities.


Selected Publications:

  • “Crafting a ‘Species of Literature’: John Murray’s Multidisciplinary, Polyvocal Handbooks for Travellers,Book History, forthcoming, 2023.
  • “iAnne: Rethinking Persuasion in the Age of Transmedia Adaptation,” Persuasions On-Line, Vol. 38, No. 1, (December 2017).
  • Co-Editor, Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Selected Early Poems and Prose. Under contract with the Juvenilia Press of Sydney, Australia.  Edited with Laurie Langbauer, Beverly Taylor, and six others, 2023.
  • “Teaching Jane Austen through Public Humanities: The Jane Austen Summer Program,” with Inger Brodey and Anne Fertig. The Routledge Companion to Jane Austen, edited by Cheryl A. Wilson and Maria H. Frawley, Routledge, 2021: 571-585.

Teaching Awards

  • James R. Gaskin Award for Teaching Composition, 2018-2019.


  • Richardson Departmental Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC Chapel Hill, Spring 2023
  • Eliason Dissertation Research Fellowship, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC Chapel Hill, Summer 2022
  • Digital Projects for the Public – Discovery Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities, for “Jane Austen’s Desk.” Co-Author with Dr. Inger Brodey, 2021
  • Digital Dissertation Fellowship, Carolina Digital Humanities at UNC Chapel Hill, Fall 2021
  • Jerry Leath Mills Research Travel Fellowship, Studies in Philology, Summer 2019
  • Mellon Humanities Professional Pathways Fellowship, Humanities for the Public Good Initiative, College of Arts & Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Summer 2019

Curriculum Vitae / Resume