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About Emily Kugler

I am an Assistant Professor in the English Department of Howard University.  My work touches on histories of enslavement, empire, literary/print networks, digital humanities, and gender studies. My book, Sway of the Ottoman Empire on English Identity in the Long Eighteenth Century, was published in 2012 as part of Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History series, and in 2015, I co-edited and contributed to the edited volume Ottoman Empire And European Theatre. Vol. III: Images Of The Harem In Literature And Theatrepart of the Don Juan Archiv in Vienna's Ottomania series. 
I'm currently working on new digital and book projects focused on networks, women, slavery, and empire. I served as a member of multiple committees for the 23 August 2015 Middle Passage Port Marker Ceremony to recognizes Boston's role in chattel slavery in the Americas, including co-authoring and managing the event website (, and am on the Advisory Board of the national organization, the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project.
Originally from Clovis, California, I hold doctorate and masters degrees from the University of California, San Diego, and a bachelors from Scripps College: The Women's College (The Claremont Colleges).  My more recent training continues to draw on multiple fields, such as Digital Humanities workshops, courses at Rare Book School, and  the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research.


Present Assistant Professor, Howard University Department of English

Curriculum Vitae


MA, Scripps College ‐ English
PhD, University of California - San Diego ‐ Literature