Sean Moore, professor of English, has been named the next editor of Eighteenth-Century Studies, the premier peer-reviewed journal in the field. His five-year term begins in the summer of 2017 when Steven Pincus of Yale University steps down from the position.
"It's an enormous honor for the English Department, the College of Liberal Arts, and UNH to host a peer-reviewed journal as prestigious as Eighteenth-Century Studies," says Heidi Bostic, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "The selection of Dr. Sean Moore as editor is a strong testament to his significant scholarly reputation. The College of Liberal Arts at UNH is an especially good fit for this journal, given that eighteenth-century studies are thriving on our campus across a number of departments. This journal has a strong interdisciplinary reach, in line with the kind of cross-disciplinary collaboration that is a hallmark of liberal arts at UNH."
Moore agrees that eighteenth-century studies are thriving at UNH. He's confident the journal will enhance UNH's research profile by drawing attention to the work that's already taking place. UNH scholars in the field have collaborated for many years through initiatives such as the UNH Center for the Humanities' Eighteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Seminar, which brings UNH faculty together to share work and sponsors visiting speakers. Moore now anticipates even more robust activity in the field, including increased undergraduate enrollments in eighteenth century courses and the opportunity for faculty and graduate students to further develop expertise.
"UNH faculty are being urged to apply for grants and fellowships and other activities to enhance UNH's research profile, so the time is ripe to have such a prominent journal here," says Moore. "I am so pleased that Senior Vice Provost P.T. Vasudevan, Senior Vice Provost Jan Nisbet, Dean Heidi Bostic and her predecessor Dean Ken Fuld are willing to support such activity – activity that will go a long way to enhancing our status as a research high, or perhaps research very high, institution."
Moore's research and teaching is focused on postcolonial, economic, and book history approaches to Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, with a particular focus on the cultures of Ireland and the Anglophone Atlantic. His monograph, "Swift, the Book, and the Irish Financial Revolution: Satire and Sovereignty in Colonial Ireland" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2010), won the 2010 Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book from the American Conference for Irish Studies. His new book project, entitled "Slavery and the Making of the Early American Library," studies how the transatlantic book trade—the purchase of London printed books by Americans eager for British cultural capital and identity—was enabled by the philanthropy of colonial slave traders and by the consumer habits of slave owners.
Moore has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Antiquarian Society/National Endowment of the Humanities, the Library Company of Philadelphia/Mellon Foundation, the Preservation Society of Newport County (Newport Mansions), the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, the John Carter Brown Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Fulbright program, Duke University, and UNH.
Eighteenth-Century Studies is a publication of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, an interdisciplinary group dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all aspects of the period. The journal is published by The Johns Hopkins University Press.