I specialize in eighteenth-century transatlantic historical and literary studies. My recent fellowships are from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the John Carter Brown Library, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the University of London, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University, and the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton.In addition to more than one hundred articles and reviews on a range of eighteenth-century subjects, I have published two books on verbal and visual Anglophone political satire between 1660 and 1820, as well as authoritative editions of the works of Olaudah Equiano, Quobna Ottobah Cugoano, and other eighteenth-century transatlantic authors of African descent. My books include Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man (2005), The Life and Letters of Philip Quaque The First African Anglican Missionary (2010), co-edited with Ty M. Reese, and Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage (2011). Broadview Press published in 2015 my edition of the writings of the African-British author Ignatius Sancho (1729?-1780), which includes his manuscripts recently acquired by the British Library. My current book project is an authoritative edition of the writings of Phillis Wheatley.
Ph.D. University of Iowa 1977
Books - Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage (The University of Georgia Press, 2011); Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man (The University of Georgia Press, 2005; Penguin, 2007), George III and the Satirists from Hogarth to Byron (The University of Georgia Press, 1990, 2007), "The Snarling Muse": Verbal and Visual Political Satire from Pope to Churchill (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983)
Scholarly Editions - Philip Quaque, Correspondence, eds. Vincent Carretta and Ty Reese (Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2010), Phillis Wheatley, Complete Writings (New York: Penguin Putnam Inc., 2001), Quobna Ottobah Cugoano, Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery and Other Writings (New York: Penguin Putnam Inc., 1999), Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African (New York: Penguin Putnam Inc., 1998), Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English-Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1996; revised and expanded edition, 2004), Olaudah Equiano (New York: Penguin USA, 1995; revised and expanded edition, 2003), Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African (Peterborough, Canada: Broadview Press, 2015).
Facsimile Edition - The Satires of Mr. [Paul] Whitehead (Augustan Reprint Society: University of California Press, 1984).
Edited Essay Collection - Genius in Bondage: A Critical Anthology of the Literature of the Early Black Atlantic, eds. Vincent Carretta and Philip Gould ( Lexington : University Press of Kentucky , 2001).
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2009-2010; American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia, fall 2009; John Carter Brown Library Fellowship, spring 2009; Massachusetts Historical Society Fellowship, fall 2008; Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, Queen Mary, University of London, spring 2008. Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize, the University of Maryland (2007). Associate Fellow, Centre for Caribbean Studies, University of Warwick (UK), 2007-2010. Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man (The University of Georgia Press, 2005) chosen co-winner, 2004-06 Annibel Jenkins Prize for Best Biography of the Year, American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (2006). W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research Fellowship, Harvard University (2004-2005), School of Historical Studies Membership at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton (2003-2004), The Society of Early Americanists' Essay Prize (April 2003), Visiting Professor in the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London (2000-2001), University of Maryland General Research Board Semester Award (Fall 2000), Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Percy Adams Annual Article Prize (1995), University of Maryland Committee on Africa and the Americas Research and Travel Grant (1995), National Endowment for the Humanities Institute Fellowship (1990), University of Maryland Book Subsidy Awards (1988, 1983), Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Prize Competition, First Honorable Mention (1988), American Philosophical Society Award (1985), Yale Center for British Art and British Studies Fellowship (1985), John Carter Brown Library Fellowship (1984), National Humanities Center Fellowship (1983-1984), Huntington Library Fellowship (1983), South Atlantic Modern Language Association Studies Book Award, Honorable Mention (1982), University of Maryland Summer Research Fellowships (1982, 1980), Visiting Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin, Madison (1978-1979), American Council of Learned Societies Grant-in-Aid for Recent Recipients of the Ph.D. (1978-1979), William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Fellowship (1978), Newberry Library Fellowship (1977), Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship (1976).
Department: Acting Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, spring 1992; Acting Director of Graduate Studies; Director of Graduate Placement, 1995-2000, 2002-2003; Associate Chair, 2005-2007; Grievance Committee, 2013 to present; Writing Committee.
University: College of Arts and Humanities representative on University of Maryland Appointments , Promotion, and Tenure Committee, 1998-2000 (Chair, 2000); Distinguished Dissertations Award Committee, 2013.