HoTT Faculty


HoTT brings together faculty in English, History, Information Sciences, Modern Languages, and Religion, among others. Incorporating new faculty hires (made possible in 2007–2009 by the competitive cluster-hiring initiative of Pathways of Excellence), HoTT builds on existing excellence in Text Technologies at FSU. The program focuses chiefly on the history of text and textual communities in Western Europe, especially in the related literatures and cultures of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain over the last two millennia. In this lengthy story of how texts have evolved and have transformed cultures—from tablet to roll to book to computer and from inscription to handwriting to print to digitization—our focus is on textual production, transmission, transformation, and reception. In our teaching and research, we recognize that new technologies are crucial tools for studying older technologies.

  • Terri BourusProfessor of English
    Early modern printers and publishers, editing, the relationships between printed and manuscript play-texts and performance, theatre as a multimedia art form (including music, design, and dance), Irish drama, theatrical and cinematic and radio adaptations of Shakespeare.
  • Rachel DukeSpecial Collections and Archives Librarian
    Active and experiential learning strategies in the Special Collections and Archives classroom; promotion of primary source discovery and literacy.
  • Lindsey EckertAssociate Professor of English
    Book History and histories of reception with a specialization in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England; history of bookbinding; links between “old” and “new” media studies; histories of reading
  • S.E. GontarskiRobert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English
  • Twentieth-century Irish studies and European Modernism with specializations in contemporary publishing trends and performance theory.
  • Sonia HazardAssistant Professor of Religion
    American religion, book history, and material culture.
  • Stephanie LeitchAssociate Professor of Art History
    Early modern northern European art prints (woodcuts and engravings, both freestanding and within printed books), and their relationship to emergent global ethnographies and sciences.
  • Gary TaylorChair of the Department of English and Robert O. Lawton Distinguished University Professor
    Founding director of the History of Text Technologies Program, whose specialties include editorial theory, printed and manuscript texts of early modern English plays and poetry, and the history of publishing.