Dr Erin McCarthy

Dr Erin McCarthy


School of Humanities and Social Science

Career Summary


Dr. Erin A. McCarthy is a digital humanist and literary historian specializing in the histories of reading and the book. She earned her Ph.D. in English with an interdisciplinary certificate in medieval and Renaissance studies at The Ohio State University in 2012. Since 2014, she has been a Postdoctoral Researcher on the European Research Council-funded digital humanities project ‘RECIRC: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550–1700’ at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research combines traditional scholarly methods, including bibliography, palaeography, and editing, with digital ones, such as coding, data visualisation, and quantitative analysis, to explore the material forms of early modern texts and the historical evidence these instantiations provide. She has published articles in the John Donne Journal, SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500–1900, and the Review of English Studies. She is currently completing two books: Doubtful Readers: Print, Poetry, and the Reading Public in Early Modern England (Oxford University Press), which examines early modern publishers’ efforts to identify and accommodate readers of printed poetry; and The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing in Manuscript Miscellanies, 1550–1700, a joint-authored monograph on RECIRC’s methodology and findings. She recently held a Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography at Harvard University’s Houghton Library to begin work on her next major project, which creates digital tools and methods for the study of early modern English manuscripts.


  • Doctorate, Ohio State University - USA
  • Master's Degree, Ohio State University - USA


  • British literature
  • bibliography
  • book history
  • computational humanities
  • digital humanities
  • early modern
  • history of reading
  • manuscript studies
  • palaeography
  • poetry and poetics
  • quantitative methods
  • scholarly editing
  • women's writing


  • French (Working)
  • Spanish (Working)
  • Latin (Working)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified 20
200503 British and Irish Literature 40
200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies 40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/10/2014 - 31/12/2018 Postdoctoral Researcher National University of Ireland, Galway
Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies
7/01/2013 - 31/03/2014 Assistant Director Arizona State University
United States



Year Award
2018 John Donne Society Kate Gartner Frost Award for Best Essay by an Early Career Scholar
John Donne Society


Code Course Role Duration
EN2128 Novelty, Conflict, Scandal: Reading Early Modernity
National University of Ireland, Galway
EN2128 Novelty, Conflict, and Scandal introduces students to Renaissance literature. It focuses on major authors, including Sir Philip Sidney, William Shakespeare, John Donne, and John Milton as well as less familiar writers who introduced new genres and adapted existing ones. These men and women commented on the crucial political, moral, religious, racial, and sexual questions of their time.
lecturer 10/09/2018 - 31/12/2018


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 McCarthy EA, 'Reading Women Reading Donne in Manuscript and Printed Miscellanies: A Quantitative Approach', REVIEW OF ENGLISH STUDIES, 69 661-685 (2018)
DOI 10.1093/res/hgy018
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2015 Mccarthy EA, 'Speculation and multiple dedications in Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum', SEL - Studies in English Literature, 55 45-72 (2015)
DOI 10.1353/sel.2015.0000
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
2013 McCarthy E, 'Poems, by J.D. (1635) and the Creation of John Donne's Literary Biography', John Donne Journal: studies in the age of Donne, 32 57-83 (2013)

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 1
Total funding $5,028

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20191 grants / $5,028

Towards a Descriptive Bibliography of Early Modern English Manuscripts$5,028

Funding body: Houghton Library, Harvard University

Funding body Houghton Library, Harvard University
Project Team

Erin A. McCarthy

Scheme Katherine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
Type Of Funding C3212 - International Not for profit
Category 3212

Dr Erin McCarthy


School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email erin.mccarthy@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5140
Links Twitter
Research Networks


Room MC120
Building McMullin
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308