Jon Klancher-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Jon Klancher

Associate Professor of English

Department of English
Carnegie Mellon University
Baker Hall 259
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: Baker Hall 245 F
Phone: (412) 268-2852
Fax: (412) 268-7989


My research has focused on the British Romantic and Victorian periods, print history, and the sociology of culture.  I am especially interested in the emergence of new fields of knowledge in the early nineteenth century and am completing a book on this topic, Transfiguring "Arts & Sciences": Knowledge Fields and Cultural Institutions in the Romantic Age. I am also working on the historical relationship of so-called "new" and "old" media in my courses and research on book history, the long nineteenth century, and the current debates around new media and digital humanities. I have edited A Concise Companion to the Romantic Age for Blackwell and have contributed to a wide range of collections and reference books. I am also author of The Making of English Reading Audiences 1790-1832 and related essays on Romantic-age cultural and media history.


  • Ph.D., UCLA,
  • MA, UCLA
  • BA, Pitzer College

Selected Publications

"Wild Bibliography: The Rise and Fall of Book History in Nineteenth-Century Britain," Bookish Histories: Literature and Commercial Modernity 1700-1850, ed. Ina Ferris and Paul Keen (New York: Palgrave, 2009): 19-41.

"Discriminations, or Romantic Cosmopolitanism in London," in Romantic Metropolis: The Urban Scene of British Culture, 1780-1840, eds. James Chandler and Kevin Gilmartin (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006) pp. 165-84.

"British Romantic Criticism," The Johns Hopkins Guide to Criticism and Theory, Second Edition (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2004).

Curriculum Vita