Jonathan Senchyne is an Assistant 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 Digital Studies and Material Culture Studies programs. He 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 researches and teaches the history of the book and print culture in early and nineteenth-century America. This also touches on work in American studies, American literary history, critical theory, material culture, digital humanities, library history, and archival theory and practice.

The Intimacy of Paper in Early and Nineteenth-Century American Literature is available for preorder ahead of its December 2019 publication!

“Senchyne writes paper back into the story of American literary history with implications for book history and literary criticism alike. As he demonstrates, the intersections between print and paper, between ostensible foreground and background, are surprisingly generative, with lasting effects on how we read (and hold and look at) printed works.”—Susan M. Ryan, author of The Moral Economies of American Authorship.

“Senchyne finds new interpretative possibilities in the main ingredient of books and paper, not just a substrate for writing and printing but a form of expression in its own right.”—John Bidwell, author of American Paper Mills, 1690–1832.

Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African American Print is available!

“This collection challenges mainstream book history and print culture to understand that race and racialization are inseparable from the study of texts and their technologies.”


May 2019 Book of Interest to African American Scholars, Journal of Blacks in Higher Education




Discussing letterpress printing on WORT-FM Community Radio

Recent and Upcoming Talks “Genealogies of Black Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century Symposium” American Literary History and Trowbridge Initiative in American Culture, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. April 5, 2019.


Fourth annual conference of the Center for Humanities and Information, Penn State University, State College, PA. September 20, 2019.

Penn Workshop in the History of Material Texts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. September 23, 2019.


“Meantime the colleges, whilst they provide us with libraries, furnish no professor of books ; and I think no chair is so much wanted.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Books."