Emily Hainze

PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature

Columbia University

Public Humanities Fellow

Emily Hainze is a doctoral candidate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where she writes and teaches about 19th- and 20th-century American literature. Her dissertation focuses on women’s incarceration in the United States, exploring how questions of narrative and genre have been shaped by the conceptualization of women’s crime from the late 19th century onward. Prior to her graduate study at Columbia, she investigated police misconduct for the City of New York.  She was a recipient of the Mellon CLIR Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources from 2013-14.

As a Public Humanities Fellow at the Heyman Center, Emily will work to develop an online repository for digitized archival records of women and imprisonment, with an eye towards classroom use.