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Laura Mandell

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Director, CoDHR
Areas of Speciality
  • Digital Humanities
  • 18th Century Literature
  • British Romanticism
  • (979) 845-8345
  • LAAH 440
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Ph.D., Cornell University, 1992

M.A., Cornell University, 1991

B.A., University of New Mexico, 1986

Research Interests

Dr. Mandell’s Scholars@TAMU Profile

  • Digital Editions
  • Feminist Theory
  • Book History
  • Women Poets of the long 18th-century
  • Digital Research Methods

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow at the University of California Humanities Research Institute, Residential Research Group, “The Limits of the Numerical: Metrics and the Humanities in Higher Education,” 2018.
  • Presidential Impact Fellow, 2017-2020. Texas A&M University.
  • “OCR’ing Early Modern Text,” with Richard Furuta and Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna, Mellon Foundation Grant for $734,000 awarded September 26, 2012 for 2012-2014.
  • NINES Fellow, University of Virginia, March 2010.
  • CELT Teaching Excellence Award, Miami University, Fall 2002.
  • CORST (The Committee on Research and Special Training, a subcommittee of the American Psychoanalytic Society) Paper Prize, awarded December, 1999, for “Melancholia’s Cure, or Resurrection by Poetry.”


Breaking-the-Book - MandellMandell, Laura. Breaking the Book:  Print Humanities in the Digital Age. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015

Breaking the Book is a manifesto on the cognitive consequences and emotional effects of human interactions with physical books that reveals why the traditional humanities disciplines are resistant to ‘digital’ humanities.  *Explores the reasons why the traditional humanities disciplines are resistant to ‘digital humanities’ *Reveals facets of book history, offering it as an example of how different media shape our modes of thinking and feeling *Gathers together the most important book history and literary criticism concerning the hundred years leading up to the early 19th-century emergence of mass print culture