Will Fenton is the Elizabeth R. Moran Fellow at the American Philosophical Society and a doctoral candidate at Fordham University where he specializes in early American literature and the Digital Humanities. His dissertation, Unpeaceable Kingdom: Fighting Quakers, Revolutionary Violence, and the Antebellum Novel, bridges the religious and transnational turns in early American literary studies through the study of historical, political, and theological representations of the Society of Friends. His digital humanities project, Digital Paxton, a digital archive and critical edition of the 1764 Paxton pamphlet war, was awarded first prize in the NYCDH Graduate Student Digital Project Awards.
Will has served as the Director of the Writing Center at Fordham University Lincoln Center, Editor of Eloquentia Perfecta, and a Teaching Fellow. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Fellowship (Library Company of Philadelphia), Connected Academics Fellowship (Modern Language Association), Gest Fellowship (Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections), and a Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory Scholarship. His work has appeared in Common-place, Slate, Inside Higher Ed, and PC Magazine, for which he writes a column about online learning (Autodidact).
Will regularly conducts public outreach, including, most recently, serving as the Master of Ceremonies at ITHAKA: The Next Wave 2017. For a complete listing of public events and presentations, visit events.