Portrait of Sheila Liming

Sheila Liming

  • Assistant Professor, English

Contact Info

Office Address

Merrifield Hall Room 1B
276 Centennial Drive Stop 7209
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7209

Office Hours

MW 2-4 pm (Fall 2018)

Curriculum Vitae


I grew up in Seattle, Washington, but my educational career has led me all across the United States. At The College of Wooster in Wooster, OH, I exchanged a bagpiping scholarship for a BA in English and Women’s Studies. I subsequently completed my graduate education at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I taught classes in both composition and literature (and kept up with the bagpiping, on the side). I arrived at UND in 2014 and, since then, I've tried to build a teaching profile around communicating standards of active engagement in my courses. I see literary scholarship as a gradual mastering of the art of inquiry and I encourage my students to be responsibly inquisitive, to ask questions, to speak up, and to be curious.

And, oh, hey, I play the accordion, too.

521: Studies in American Literature – Transatlantic Modernism (Fall 2017)

599: Workshop in Writing Criticism for Public Audiences (Spring 2017)

521: Studies in American Literature – Narrative and the Natural World (Fall 2015)

511: Problems in Literary Contemporary Criticism – Theorizing the Digital in Literary Study (Spring 2015)

428: Digital Humanities (Fall 2016; Fall 2018)

415: Seminar in Literature – Narrative Adaptation (Spring 2016)

304: Survey of American Literature II: 1865-present (Spring 2015; Spring 2016)

272: Introduction to Literary Criticism (Spring 2017; Spring 2018)

271: Reading and Writing About Texts (Fall 2014; Fall 2015; Fall 2017)

227: Introduction to Literature and Culture – Gothic Fiction (Fall 2014)

227 E: Introduction to Literature and Culture: Literature and Climate Change (Fall 2018)

American Literature since 1865

Print Culture

Book History

Digital Humanities / Digital Methods

Theory and Criticism

Materialist Theory / Object-Oriented Critique

Gender and Queer Theory

Writing Studies (public writing; creative nonfiction)


What a Library Means to a Woman: Edith Wharton’s Library and Worldly Self-Fashioning. Forthcoming: University of Minnesota Press

Office. Forthcoming: Bloomsbury Press (Object Lessons series)



“Subscription Libraries and the Making of Nineteenth-Century Female Reading Communities.” Reading Communities, ed. Shafquat Towheed (Open UP – McGraw-Hill Educational Publishers): volume forthcoming.

“Religious Texts in Edith Wharton’s Library.” Edith Wharton Review, 34.1 (2017): 79-85.

“Romancing the Interstitial: Howe’s The Hermaphrodite and the Substance of Sex in Nineteenth-Century America.” Nineteenth-Century Literature, 72.3 (December 2017): 311-332.

“‘It’s painful to see them think’: Wharton, Fin de Siécle Science, and the Authentication of Female Intelligence.” J/MMLA, The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, 49.2 (Fall 2016): 137-160.

“An Impossible Woman: Henry James and the Mysterious Case of Anne Moncure Crane.” American Literary Realism, 49.2 (Winter 2017): 95-113.

“A Month at The Mount: Research and the Unsearchable Archive.” The Edith Wharton Review, 31.1 (Spring 2015): 32-40.

“Suffer the Little Vixens: Edith Wharton and Realist Terror in ‘Jazz Age’ America.” JML: Journal of Modern Literature, 38.3 (Spring 2015): 99-118.

“Of Anarchy and Amateurism: Zine Publication and Traditions of Print Dissent.” J/MMLA: The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, 14.1 (Fall 2010): 101-128.

“‘Reading for It’: Lesbian Readers Constructing Culture and Identity through Textual Experience.” Peele, Thomas, ed. Queer Popular Culture (New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2007): 85-103.



Review of Enumerations: Data and Literary Study, by Andrew Piper (Chicago UP: 2018). The Los Angeles Review of Books, forthcoming.

Review of None of This is Normal: The Fiction of Jeff VanderMeer, by Benjamin J. Robertson (Minnesota UP, 2018). ASAP/Journal, forthcoming.

Review of The Biopolitics of Feeling, by Kyla Schuller (Duke UP, 2018). Legacy, forthcoming.

“Fantasies of Form.” Review of Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network, by Caroline Levine (Princeton UP, 2015). Criticism, forthcoming fall 2018.

Review of Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism, eds. Meredith L. Goldsmith and Emily Orlando University Press of Florida, 2016). Studies in American Naturalism, 16.2 (Spring 2017): pp. 81-4.

Review of Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism, eds. Meredith L. Goldsmith and Emily Orlando (University Press of Florida, 2016). American Literary Realism 29.3 (Spring 2017): pp. 294-6.


Public Writing

“How textbook rentals undercut students.” Inside Higher Ed, 6 June 2018. InsideHigherEd.com

 “Oh, the S@$% You’ll Do After You’re Tenured.” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, 21 March 2018. McSweeneys.net.

“(De)Composition: or, How Matter Matters.” Codex: Essays and Photographs on the Art of the Book, ed. Micah Bloom (Grand Forks: University of North Dakota Press, 2018).

“In Praise of Not-Not Reading.” The Point, 6 April 2017. ThePointMag.com.

 “How NDAs Stifle Speech on Campus.” Conditionally Accepted – Inside Higher Ed, 24 March 2017. InsideHigherEd.com/Conditionally-Accepted

“The Genius Next Door: When Octavia Butler Was My Neighbor.” Public Books, 15 December 2015. PublicBooks.org

“Bagpipes: A Rock-and-Roll History.” The Atlantic, 9 July 2016. TheAtlantic.com.

 “The Puerility of Purity: How Jonathan Franzen’s Latest Rewrites an Edith Wharton Novel You’ve Probably Never Heard Of.” The Los Angeles Review of Books, 11 March 2016. LAReviewofBooks.com

 “From Nowhere, and Everywhere.” The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1 February 2016: B16.

 “Loving the Alien: or, Making Theory Useful to the Undergraduate American Literature Classroom.” Pedagogy in American Literary Studies (PALS) – blog, 25 & 27 January 2016. TeachingPals.wordpress.com.

“Engaging the Ghost: Digitization, Preservation, and the Lessons of a Haunted Library.” The Mount’s Blog, 31 July 2015. EdithWharton.org.

The Whiting Foundation

2018 Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship: finalist (Fall 2017)

North Dakota University System (NDUS)

Teaching with Technology Award and Commendatory Grant (Winter 2016)

The University of North Dakota

Office of Research and Development -- Early Career Grant (Spring 2016)                                                       

College of Arts and Sciences -- Grant-Writing Initiative (Fall 2017)

Undergraduate Technology Initiative Grant (Spring 2016)                

Undergraduate Research Initiative Award (Spring 2016)                   

Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC)

First-Year Faculty Award (Spring 2015)                                                                     


The Edith Wharton Society                                                                       

The Mount Research Award (Summer 2013)                                                              


Carnegie Mellon University

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences -- Graduate Student Teaching Award (Spring 2014)

PhD, Carnegie Mellon University (2014)

MA, Carnegie Mellon University (2007)

BA, College of Wooster (2005)

Modern Language Assocation (MLA)

Midwestern Modern Langauge Association (MMLA) -- Executive Board Member

Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP)

Edith Wharton Society (EWS)

American Literature Association (ALA)

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)