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 Associate 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

Professor Hollis is head of Instruction and Outreach on the Rare and Distinctive (RaD) Collections team at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries. She co-edits the Stainforth project. 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 rare books and archives naturally provide.

Favorite Stainforth pet-project: studying writers of color in the library.

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

Current Research Assistants 

Sophie Copple is a double major in English and French, with a double minor in Philosophy and Professional Writing at Santa Clara University. She is passionate about studying feminist texts and theories and is thrilled to be joining Team Stainforth in the Fall of 2023. As well as being a research assistant, she is also the current Non-Fiction Editor for the Santa Clara Review. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this project and is excited to continue her academic journey in the company of dedicated scholars who share her passion for literary research.

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.

Stainforth Project Alumni Editors

  • Michael Harris
  • Holley Long
  • Cayla Eagon
  • Danna D’Esopo
  • Kyle Bickoff
  • Erin Kingsley
  • Allyson Long
  • Elizabeth Newsom
  • Kate Ozment
  • Deven Parker
  • Kana Pearce
  • Maria Semmens
  • Faith Escobedo

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, the DH Initiative at SCU, Wen-ying Lu, Emily Friedman, Lisa Maruca, Lauren Liebe