We are grateful for support from The Faculty Innovative Seed Grant Program (CU Boulder), The Neukom Institute for Computational Science (Dartmouth College), The President’s Fund for the Humanities (CU Boulder), and hosting and support from Santa Clara University.

Team Members

Kirstyn J. Leuner, Director and Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Leuner is Assistant Professor of English at Santa Clara University (SCU). From 2014-17, she was Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College in The Neukom Institute for Computational Science, affiliated with the English Department and the Gender Research Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in Romantic-era literature at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2014. Her research interests include 18th-19th century literature and book history, Digital Humanities, and women’s writing. She has published essays on Jane AustenRodolphe Töpffer’s earliest comic strips, Romantic-era dioramas, markup languages, and women’s book history. She always has a writing project (or three) underway that is directly about or is inspired by the Stainforth library catalog. Follow her at and tweet @KLeuner.

Deborah Hollis, General Editor

Associate Professor Hollis is the Interim Associate Director of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries. She co-edits the Stainforth project and manages its relationship with CU Libraries. Her research interests are twofold: teaching with rare books and making rare works accessible through digital humanities projects. She and her colleagues are currently piloting a multisensory and multimodal approach to the use of rare materials in writing instruction. Teaching simple bookbinding techniques is one active-learning method she employs while she begins to explore the pedagogical potential of the Stainforth project. She thoroughly enjoys the myriad opportunities to work across disciplines that a Special Collections and Archive department naturally provides.

Favorite Stainforth pet-project of the future: mapping the professional networks of the authors in the library.

Kate Ozment, General Editor

Dr. Ozment is assistant professor of English at Cal Poly Pomona where she teaches literature of the long eighteenth century, women writers, and text technologies. She is co-editor of the Women in Book History Bibliography, a database of secondary sources on women’s engagement with material history, and is a faculty partner in the Maker Studio at Cal Poly Pomona where she teaches workshops on letterpress, book arts, and manuscript culture. She earned her PhD in English from Texas A&M University in 2018 and has published on women’s commercial authorship in eighteenth-century England, feminist bibliography, and digital enumerative bibliography. Her current research includes studying women book collectors’ impact on the study of historical artifacts in the United States with a particular focus on Hroswitha Club and women archivists, cataloguers, curators, and librarians.

Susan Guinn-Chipman

Dr. Guinn-Chipman works in Special Collections and Archives, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, where she leads the instruction and exhibits programs. Susan researches Stainforth’s biography. She earned her Ph.D. in early modern European history at the University of Colorado Boulder and has taught a wide range of courses in European history and art history.  Author of Religious Space in Reformation England, her research interests focus on the interplay of space, landscape, and memory. More recent research examines the religious and secular spaces of disease and quarantine in northern England. Over the course of her research for the Stainforth project, she has developed quite a fondness for Rev. Francis John Stainforth and his family and the nineteenth-century spaces of London (and beyond) they inhabited.

Anna M. Ferris

Associate Professor Ferris is a catalog librarian in the Metadata Services Department of the University Libraries at CU Boulder. The University Libraries is one of forty-four institutions in the world authorized to contribute bibliographic records to the Library of Congress’s (LC) Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC). As a participant in the PCC’s Name Authority Program (NACO)—which includes libraries from throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Latin America, New Zealand, South Africa, and Asia—Prof. Ferris received training from experienced PCC trainers and works cooperatively with catalogers and metadata specialists around the world to contribute authority records to LC’s Name Authority File in accordance with RDA and LC-PCC Policy standards and guidelines.

Professor Ferris’s work is focused on investigating ways in which catalogers contribute their expertise by collaborating with librarians, archivists and curators, particularly in the creation of personal name authority records for unestablished authors, the processing of unique primary source materials, and the contribution of new subject headings for these materials to LC’s Subject Authority File through another PCC program, the Subject Authority Cooperative Program (SACO). Professor Ferris is establishing the authority records of women writers recorded in the Stainforth catalogue who have yet to be established in an international cooperative of libraries.

Chad Marks, Programmer

Danna D’Esopo, Assistant Editor

Danna D’Esopo graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.A. in English and minors in Creative Writing and Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She began research with the Stainforth project in September 2018 and enjoys learning the stories and identities of forgotten female writers while simultaneously creating an accessible way for other scholars to learn about them, too. Topics that interest her include women and gender studies, queer studies, disability studies, and print history.

Current Research Assistants 

Catherine Schaefer is a double major in integrated physical (IPHY) and evolutionary biology (EBIO) who is a non-traditional student at CU Boulder. Born in Poland, she came to Boulder in 2016 to study science.  Catherine joined the Stainforth Team as an editor at the end of the Spring 2020 semester. She is passionate about uncovering the “lost” women writers and making their information widely available. At the same time, Catherine is improving her research skills and appreciates the opportunity to work safely from home during the time of COVID-19.

Kana Pearce is a student at the University of Colorado Boulder who joined the Stainforth Team in Spring 2020.

Stainforth Project Alumni

Michael Harris, Assistant Professor, Research and Instructional Services Librarian, University of Memphis, TN

Holley Long, Digital Initiatives Librarian, UNC-Wilmington

Cayla Eagon, PhD candidate, CU-Boulder

Kyle Bickoff, PhD candidate, U Maryland, MITH

Erin Kingsley, Assistant Professor of English at King’s College

Allyson Long, Dartmouth College class of 2017

Elizabeth Newsom, librarian, Book Club of California

Deven Parker, PhD candidate in English, CU-Boulder

Maria Semmens, MA in Liberal Studies, Dartmouth College

Faith Escobedo, University of Colorado Boulder

Special thanks for your support of our work and your contributions of many kinds: 

Laura Mandell, Dan Rockmore, Ivy Schweitzer, Tom Luxon, Mary Flanagan, Sukdith Punjasthitkul, Laura Braunstein, Scott Millspaugh, Michelle Warren, Graziella Parati, the Dartmouth DH Group, Sara Linz, Allen Riddell, Emily Klancher Merchant, Kes Schroer, James Dietrich, Greg Robl, Chris Levine, Lori Emerson, Mark Algee-Hewitt, Pamela Corpron Parker, Donelle Ruwe, Roxanne Eberle, Lisa Hager, the British Women Writers Association, Isobel Grundy, Kathryn Holland, Michelle Levy, Katherine D. Harris, Jill Heydt-Stevenson, John Stevenson, the CU Boulder Romanticist Collective, Kurtis Hessel, Alex Corey, Nadia Nasr, Brian Moon