Cheryl Spinner

Cheryl Spinner is a doctoral candidate in English and Women’s Studies at Duke University. She received her MA in English from Georgetown University where she was awarded an English Fellowship at Georgetown’s 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 technology in the 19th and early 20th centuries. She has received training in 19th-century wet plate photographic techniques at the Center for Alternative photography in NYC; and as a scholar-artist, her academic work employs creative visual components. You can follow her research blog at