Ashley Reed

Ashley Reed

Ashley Reed

Assistant Professor


405 Shanks Hall 
180 Turner Street, NW 
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061


(540) 231-8650


Department Membership



  • American Literature and Religion
  • American Women Writers
  • Secularism Studies
  • Digital Humanities

Professional Activities

  • Vice-President, Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society
  • Consultant, William Blake Archive
  • C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
  • Society for the Study of American Women Writers
  • Virginia Digital Humanities Consortium


  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A. College of William & Mary

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities, 2014-2015
    • C. Hugh Holman Award for Outstanding Dissertation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
    • Lawrence G. Avery Award for Excellence in Teaching Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014

    Selected Publications

    Edited Journal Issues

    Literature and Medicine 32.2 (Fall 2014): Literature, Medicine, Religion. Co-edited with Kelly Bezio.


    “‘I Have No Disbelief’: Spiritualism and Secular Agency in Elizabeth Stoddard’s The Morgesons.” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. Forthcoming spring 2017.

    “Craft and Care: The Maker Movement, Catherine Blake, and the Digital Humanities.” Essays in Romanticism. Forthcoming spring 2016.

    “Managing an Established Digital Humanities Project: Principles and Practices from the Twentieth Year of the William Blake Archive.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 8.1 (Spring 2014).

    Additional Information

    My monograph in progress examines how disenfranchised nineteenth-century Protestant authors employed fiction as an imaginative space in which to envision new forms of collaborative agency grounded in particular religious doctrines and practices. In chapters on Catharine Maria Sedgwick, William Wells Brown, Susan Warner and Augusta Jane Evans, Elizabeth Stoddard, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, the project furthers recent work in secularism studies to reveal how nineteenth-century secular configurations made new forms of cross-gender, cross-race, and cross-class agency legible to readers in antebellum and early postbellum U.S.