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Emily Bald


University Writing Program
2215 Turlington Hall
PO Box 112020
Gainesville, FL 32611-2020


Ph.D. in English, University of Washington-Seattle, 2018

M.A. in English, University of Washington-Seattle, 2013

B.A. in English, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2010

Pedagogical Interests

Writing in the disciplines; writing in the humanities; digital literacy and multimodal composition; community-engaged learning; film and media studies; public-facing scholarship

Research Interests

American literature; time and temporality studies; relationships among science, technology, and narrative form; gender and sexuality


“Civil War Cycloramas and Ambrose Bierce’s Interventional Realism.” Forthcoming in American Literary Realism 52.2, Winter 2020.

“3-D Soundscapes in ASMR Videos.” “Sound” issue of In Media Res: a MediaCommons Project, February 2019.

“Affective Temporality in Davis’s Iron Mills.” The Oracle of the “tiny finger snap of time”: A Study of Novels with a Specific Time Culture, edited by Pauline Beard, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.

Personal Interests

Movies; delicious food; running; hiking; rock climbing; transportive novels

Best Writing Advice

As my dissertation director used to tell me—again and again—“Set deadlines, not standards.” Perfectionism can be crippling during the early drafting stages. Just get a draft done, then have a good night’s sleep and read it with a fresh pair of eyeballs the next day: not only will you realize that it’s much better than you thought, but you’ll have more energy and confidence when you start to revise.