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To contact us about this project, please reach out to us at kacie.wills@ic.edu and erica.hayes@villanova.edu

Dr. Kacie L. Wills is an Assistant Professor of English at Illinois College. Her research is in the literature and material culture of the long eighteenth-century and the Romantic period.  Her book project, Fancy, Spectacle, and the Materiality of the Romantic Imagination in Pacific Exploration Culture, examines aspects of popular culture surrounding late eighteenth-century Pacific exploration and the effects of Pacific voyages on the Romantic understanding of the fanciful imagination. She is the recent recipient of the Keats-Shelley Association of America’s Pforzheimer Research Grant and the Huntington Library’s Dibner Fellowship in the History of Science. Wills is co-editor of the forthcoming book, Women and the Art and Science of Collecting in Eighteenth-Century Europe, which will be published by Routledge in 2020. She has forthcoming articles in Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities (IDEAH), Keats-Shelley Journal, and Romantic Circles Pedagogies Commons. 

Erica Y. Hayes is a Digital Scholarship Librarian at Villanova University, where she leads Falvey Memorial Library’s digital scholarship program and collaborates with faculty and students on developing digital humanities projects. Prior to joining Villanova University, she was a North Carolina State University Libraries Fellow and the project manager on the Immersive Scholar Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant. She holds a Master of Information Science and a Master of Library Science dual degree from Indiana University, Bloomington and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach. Her research interests include 18th-century studies, women studies, digital pedagogy, and cultural heritage materials and technology. She has forthcoming articles in Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities (IDEAH) and Women and the Art and Science of Collecting in Eighteenth-Century Europe.