Shelby Lohr


I study books, politics, and marginality (in its sundry forms), with an emphasis on nineteenth century United States history. My research examines the publishing networks of George Bourne, a fiery pamphleteer remembered both as America’s first immediatist abolitionist and as an author of controversial anti-Catholic exposes. Bourne’s political activism represented an early kinship of interests which eventually cohere with the Know-Nothing political party in the mid-nineteeth century.

While at Princeton, I’ve worked with the Princeton and Slavery project and interned with the Office of the Executive Vice President to create digital walking tours of university history, especially recounting the lives on marginal or “(In)Visible” figures.  I’ve also taught through the Prison Teaching Initiative and Petey Greene prison tutoring program. 

Before attending Princeton, I worked as the site manager for the University of Chicago's branch of Jumpstart, a program delivering literacy programming to South Side Chicago preschools. I received an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Georgia State University. 

Outside of formal academics, I also train in comedy, especially satirical composition and improv. I am happy to speak with prospective graduate students.

Generals Fields:

  • History of Modern Technology
  • History of the Book in America
  • United States History, 1815-1867


  • History of Science
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