B.A. University of Chicago, 1989
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2004
Current Research and Teaching
Professor Neuman teaches and researches in the fields of early and nineteenth-century American literature. In her first book, Jeremiah's Scribes: Literary Theories of the Sermon in Puritan New England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), she delves into the world of sermon notetaking, shifting attention from pulpit to pew, demonstrating how sermon auditors helped shape this dominant genre of Puritan literature. Professor Neuman's research often focuses on print and manuscript archival sources -- ranging from notebooks kept by Puritans when they were listening to sermons, to amateur manuscript poetry, to readers' marks in print books, to the history and context of the Mather family's vast personal library. Hands-on workshops with materials at the American Antiquarian Society and Clark University's Special Collections are a common feature of her seminars, and she encourgages her students to explore opportunities for original research in the archives at the AAS. Professor Neuman's teaching interests include American literature through the Civil War, 17th-century transatlantic literature, early American print culture, and poetry.