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Amanda French : Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, 2004.

M.A. in English Language and Literature, concentration in Women’s Studies, University of Virginia, 1995.

B.A. in English, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1992, cum laude.


Refrain, Again: The Return of the Villanelle. Committee: Stephen Cushman (director), Mark Edmundson, Lisa Russ Spaar, Mary McKinley.

This extensively researched literary history of the villanelle argues that even fixed poetic forms have remarkably fluid rules and meanings. Central to the work is the unexpected revelation that the villanelle is not a French Renaissance form, as it is now commonly said to be; the villanelle form was born in 1844 and has been practiced almost exclusively in English. Discussing poetry in French and English from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century, from Jean Passerat to Elizabeth Bishop and beyond, this study is a geneaology of the past lives of a highly contemporary poetic form.


Assistant Research Scholar / Digital Curriculum Specialist, New York University, 2008-present.

Teaching Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University, 2006-2007.

CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Scholarly Information Resources for Humanists, North Carolina State University, 2004-2006.

Graduate Instructor, University of Virginia, 1996-2000.


English poetry and poetic form, late 19th- and early 20th-century British and Irish literature, digital humanities, scholarly research methods.


The Victorian Period, North Carolina State University, spring 2007.

Literary Scandals and Controversies, North Carolina State University, spring 2007.

Victorian Poetry and Critical Prose, North Carolina State University, fall 2006.

Bibliography and Methodology, North Carolina State University, fall 2006.

History of English Literature II, North Carolina State University, fall 2006.

Academic Research Strategies and Contexts, North Carolina State University, spring 2005, spring 2006, and spring 2007.

Masterpieces of English Literature II: Blake to Woolf, University of Virginia, spring 2000.

Advanced Academic Writing: Analyzing Popular Culture, University of Virginia, spring 2000.

Studies in Poetry, University of Virginia, spring 1999.

Introduction to Composition, University of Virginia, spring 1998, spring 1996, and fall 1995.

Special Topics in Literature: Growing Up in Fiction, spring 1997.

History of Literature in English I, II, and III; fall 1996, spring 1998, fall 1998, and fall 1999.


Project Manager, North Carolina Sociolinguistic Archive and Analysis Project, North Carolina State University, 2005-2006.

Staff Member, Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia, 2003-2004.

Research Assistant, The Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti Archive: A Hypermedia Research Archive, ed. Jerome McGann, 1998-1999.


Coordinator of E-learning, Emory University Libraries, 2007-2008.

Teaching + Technology Support Partner, University of Virginia, 2001-2004.

Creator, Erotic Poetry Festival, Charlottesville, VA, 1998-2004.

Instructor, Medical Academic Advancement Program, University of Virginia, 2000-2003.

Editorial Assistant, Suicide and Law Enforcement, ed. Janet I. Warren (Quantico, VA: FBI, 2002), 2000.

Research Assistant, Mary Somerville: Science, Illumination, and the Female Mind, ed. Kathryn Neeley (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001), 1996-1997.

Instructor, Kaplan Educational Center, Charlottesville, VA, 1995-1996.


CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Scholarly Information Resources for Humanists, 2004-2006.

University of Virginia Seven Society Graduate Fellowship for Superb Teaching Semi-Finalist, 2000.

Academy of American Poets University and College Prize, 1997.

University of Virginia President’s Fellowship, 1995-1997.


iTunes U Content Coordinator, Emory University Libraries, 2007-2008.

Digital Repository Committee, North Carolina State University Libraries, 2004-2006.

Web Site Redesign Committee, North Carolina State University Libraries, 2004-2005.

Student Member, University Council on Information Technology, University of Virginia, 2002-2004.

President, Graduate Student Council, University of Virginia, 1998-1999.

Secretary, Graduate Student Council, University of Virginia, 1997-1998.

Vice-President, Graduate English Student Association, University of Virginia, 1997-1998.

English Department Representative, Graduate Student Council, University of Virginia, 1996-1998.


Spoken and written French (translation capability); some German, Spanish, and Italian.

(X)HTML and CSS; SGML, XML, XSLT; some JavaScript and PHP.

UNIX, Mac, and Windows; Microsoft Office and iLife.

Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Fireworks.

Audacity, Peak, Morae, Camstudio.

WordPress, Omeka, MIT Simile tools, Drupal.

WebCT, Blackboard, EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, blogs, wikis, podcasts, research databases.


Modern Language Association; Association for Computers and the Humanities; Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing.


Peter J. Wosh, Associate Professor of History and Archives Program Director, New York University.

Antony Harrison, Professor of English and English Department Head, North Carolina State University.

Kristin Antelman, Associate Director for the Digital Library, North Carolina State University Libraries.

Stephen Cushman, Robert C. Taylor Professor, University of Virginia.

Jerome J. McGann, John Stewart Bryan Professor, University of Virginia.