Jonathan Senchyne

Position title: Associate Professor of Book History and Print Culture


Phone: (608) 263.2900


4255 Helen C. White Hall
Office Hours: By appointment.


Curriculum Vitae

Additional Titles
Director of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture

B.A. SUNY Geneseo, 2004
M.A. Syracuse University, 2006
M.A. Cornell University, 2009
Ph.D. Cornell University, 2012

Research Interests
The history of the book and print culture in early and nineteenth-century America; American studies; American literary history; critical theory; material culture; digital humanities; library history; archival theory and practice.

Jonathan Senchyne is an Associate Professor of Book History and Print Culture in the Information School and Director of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Art History, the Center for Design and Material Culture, and the Material Culture Studies program. He came to UW after earning his Ph.D. in English at Cornell University. Senchyne has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society and was the Pine Tree Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Future of the Book in a Digital Age at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Senchyne is the author The Intimacy of Paper in Early and Nineteenth-Century American Literature (University of Massachusetts Press, 2020) as well as over a dozen essays in journals including Book HistoryTechnology and CulturePMLA, and American Literary History. 

The Intimacy of Paper in Early and Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2020).

Under Pressure: Reading Material Textuality in the Recovery of Early African American Print Work,” Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 75.3 (Fall 2019):109–32.

Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African American Print, co-edited with Brigitte Fielder (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2019).

Vibrant Material Textuality: New Materialism, Book History, and the Archive in Paper,” Studies in Romanticism 57.1 (Spring 2018):67–85.

George Moses Horton’s ‘Individual Influence’PMLA 132.5 (October 2017):1244–50.

LIS 650: History of Books and Print Culture
LIS 350: History and Future of Books
LIS 601: Information Perspectives and Contexts
LIS 643: Reading Interests of Adults
LIS 950: African American Print Culture