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Colored Conventions
Jim Casey

Jim Casey

Assistant Professor of African American Studies, History, and English
Associate Director, Center for Black Digital Research

Jim Casey is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies, History, and English at Penn State University. He is associate director of the Center for Black Digital Research. He earned his PhD in English from the University of Delaware and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University.

Casey specializes in nineteenth-century African American Studies, periodicals, and print culture, with particular emphasis on the early Black press. He is currently completing a book project on The Invention of Editors. He is co-editor, with P. Gabrielle Foreman, of The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century (UNC Press 2021). His work is available or forthcoming in a variety of edited volumes and in American Literature, American Periodicals, Civil War History, Criticism, and Computational Humanities Research. He is president of the Research Society for American Periodicals.

Dedicated to collaborative scholarship, his work spans current and emerging areas of Black digital humanities and public humanities. Recent publications and ongoing projects focus on critical data studies, archives, and crowdsourcing. Among other projects, he is co-founder and co-director of Colored Conventions Project and Douglass Day.


Ph.D., University of Delaware