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Dr. Tonya Howe
Director, Graduate Program in Literature, Language, and the Humanities; Associate Professor of English
Contact Information

(703) 284-5762

Academic Credentials

B.A. James Madison University
M.A., Ph.D. University of Michigan
Teaching Areas:
  • Early modern literature
  • Digital humanities
  • Research methodologies
Research Interests:
  • Data visualization and digital humanities
  • Early 18th-century British literature
  • Popular culture and performance history
  • Disability studies
Committed to a technologically and publicly informed critical pedagogy, Dr. Howe teaches at both the graduate and the undergraduate levels. She has taught composition, literary analysis for majors, critical theory, early modern world literature, the 18th century novel, Restoration and 18th century theater history, visual and cultural studies, and research methodologies. Her research focuses on 18th-century British cultural studies, disability, and digital humanities.
Dr. Howe is currently Associate Professor of Literature and Director of the Graduate Program in Literature, Language, and the Humanities. Specializing in the study of popular performance genres, she presents widely at national conferences, is an avid THATcamper, and has recently published on the 18th-century posture master and farce as an embodied and self-conscious theatrical form.