Victoria Baugh


Victoria Baugh is a PhD Candidate at Cornell University in the Department of Literatures in English working in nineteenth-century literature, critical race theory, and narratology. Her dissertation, Race and Authority: Building Racial Epistemologies in Nineteenth-Century British and Caribbean Women’s Writing, shows how specific strategies of narration produce credibility and authority that coincide with the rise of scientific racism.  Her work argues that by understanding narratological methods in the nineteenth century, we can see how ideas about race were formed. Moreover, she argues that understanding these racial epistemologies can inform our understandings about racialization in our present moment. Her research has been recognized by the Rosenthal Advancement of College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Research Award and the Provost Diversity Fellowship.

Victoria has combined her passion for archival materials and knowledge in digital humanities to create Revisualize Archives, a digital humanities project that documents joy through 19th-century studio portraiture of Black women. In her pedagogical practice, she rethinks canon formation and inherited forms of knowledge by creating courses on nineteenth-century female authors and nineties popular culture. She has received the Martin Sampson Teaching Fellowship for her class on transatlantic women. Her work has appeared in Rhizomes, and her article Mixed-Race Heiresses in Early-Nineteenth-Century Literature: Sanditon’s Miss Lambe in Context” has appeared in the European Romantic Review.

Research Focus

  • The Long-Nineteenth Century 
  • Narratology
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Global Anglophone
  • African American Visual Culture
  • Victorian Studies
  • Romanticism
  • Multi-ethnic American literature
  • Transatlanticism 
  • The Black Atlantic 
  • Archival Methods

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