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ECDA Research and Development Team

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Project Manager) 

Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Northeastern University, holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Her fields include Early American literature, Atlantic colonialism, the early novel, feminist theory, political theory, aesthetics, transatlantic print culture, Caribbean literature, and early American drama. Recent publications include New World Drama: Theatre of the Atlantic, 1660-1850, forthcoming from Duke University Press. She is currently studying print and performance in the 18th-century Atlantic World and is interested in thinking about the theatre as a cultural commons. She also works on a project about geography, sex, race, and reproduction, especially in the early Caribbean.

Nicole N. Aljoe (Project Manager)

Nicole N. Aljoe, Northeastern University, Assistant Professor, Department of English (PhD Tufts, MA University Vermont, BA Art History, Vassar College )Nicole N. Aljoe’s research and teaching focuses on 18th and 19th Century Black Atlantic literatures with a particular specialization on the Caribbean. She has published articles and chapters in The Journal of Early American Literature, Anthurium, The Oxford Companion to African American Slave Narratives, and Teaching Anglophone Caribbean Literature. She is the author of Creole Testimonies: Slave Narratives from the British West Indies, 1709-1836 (Palgrave 2012), which offers the first in-depth analysis of slave narratives from the Anglophone Caribbean. Currently, Dr. Aljoe is at work on a new project that examines the aesthetic translations of the slave narrative genre within Contemporary Caribbean cultural production.

Elizabeth Hopwood (Lead TEI Developer)

Elizabeth Hopwood is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Northeastern University studying C19 transatlantic literature and the Digital Humanities. Her dissertation, "Eating the Atlantic: Race, Gender, and Gastronomic Borders in 19th Century U.S. and Caribbean Literature," examines foodways in nineteenth century U.S. and Caribbean novels and slave narratives. Most recently she has worked as a research assistant on Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive; the Women Writer's Project; and the Early Caribbean Digital Archive.

Benjamin J. Doyle (Lead Omeka Site Developer)


Benjamin J. Doyle is a second-year Ph.D. student in English at Northeastern University. He researches eighteenth and nineteenth-century transatlantic American, Caribbean, and British print and performance cultures. His work is informed by studies in aesthetic and poetic theory, political philosophy, postcolonial theory, visual theory, and the digital humanities. He is currently developing a project that investigates the political poetics of dissensus in the work of Phillis Wheatley and Frederick Douglass, and that argues for the site of unfreedom as necessarily the proper locus for transformational political thought and practice. He is also working as a research assistant for Professors Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and Nicole Aljoe to develop a digital archive of the Caribbean through Northeastern University’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks.

For submitting general questions, comments, or requests for information regarding the ECDA project, please contact,

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Project Manager)

For all inquiries regarding the Omeka installation (e.g., creating an account, technical issues, working w/ materials, uploading new items, building exhibits, using plugins, etc.), please contact,

Benjamin J. Doyle (Omeka Site Developer)

For information on the Caribbean Slave Narrative exhibit, please contact,

Nicole N. Aljoe (Project Manager)

For information on the Foodways of the Caribbean exhibit, please contact,

Elizabeth Hopwood (TEI Developer)