Cheryl Spinner

English Department

Cheryl Spinner is a doctoral candidate in English at Duke University and a Nathan J. Perilman fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies. She received her MA in English at Georgetown University, where she was a graduate fellow at the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). Her dissertation, Technologies of Illusion: Enchanting Modernity’s Machines, explores the intersections between magical practice, literature, science, and visualization technologies in the nineteenth- and early-twentieth centuries. She has received training in nineteenth-century photographic processes at the Penumbra Foundation’s Center for Alternative Photography; and as a scholar-artist, her academic work employs creative visual elements. Her article, “The Spell and the Scalpel: Scientific Sight in Early 3D Photography,” appears in J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists.

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