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Emily Spunaugle

Emily Spunaugle

Assistant Professor
Humanities and Rare Books Librarian

Library Liaison for English, Cinema Studies, and the Honors College

Email: spunaugle@oakland.edu
Phone: 248-370-2498

Office: 246 Kresge Library

Want to meet in person? You can make an appointment or email me to find a better time.

About Me

As a humanities librarian, I partner with professors and students to provide unique one-shot and embedded instruction sessions for classes taught in the Department of English, the Cinema Studies Program, and the Honors College. I also select books and resources for these departments and work to make the library's collections in these areas more familiar, visible, and accessible.

In addition, I provide reference services at Kresge Library's reference desk, as well as individual research consultations by appointment.

Research Interests

Library history, print culture, book history, women writers of the long Eighteenth Century, Soviet-Era academic libraries in America

Educational Background

Doctorate of Philosophy in English, Wayne State University (Detroit, MI), in progress

Master of Science in Library Science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, May 2015

Master of Arts in English, Loyola University Chicago, December 2013

Bachelor of Arts in English, Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, IL), May 2012

Current Research

My current research focuses on OU's Marguerite Hicks Collection of writings by and about women from the 17th-19th Centuries. With Dr. Megan Peiser, I serve as Co-Director of the Marguerite Hicks Project, which seeks to better understand the collecting strategies behind one of the earliest intentional collections of British women's writings from this period in the United States.


Book Reviews

Selected Scholarly Presentations

  • "Professionalization in Book History, Bibliography, and Textual Editing: Entering the Field without Formal Training," Invited panel discussion with Megan Peiser, David Gants, Erin McGuirl, and Marta Kvande. MLA 2021, Bibliography and Textual Editing Forum Roundtable, January 9, 2021. 
  • "Teaching Material Texts without Material," Invited panel discussion with Megan Peiser, Sarah Werner, and Matthew Kirschenbaum. SHARP in Focus webinar discussion, June 2020.
  • Spunaugle, E.D., & Peiser, M. (2019, July). Finding Marguerite Hicks: On tracing intersectional voices in the archive. SHARP 2019.
  • Spunaugle, E.D. (2019, July). The speculative histories of Soviet texts subject to the Foreign Agents Registration Act in American libraries. SHARP 2019.
  • "Book Brawn and Book Smarts: Recovering the Labors of the Book Object." Encountering the Rare Book, exhibit curated by Andrea Eis, OU Art Gallery, September 2018.
  • "Saving Uncle Tom: Revaluing Research Collections in the Material Turn." Popular Culture/American Culture International Conference, Indianapolis. March 2018.
  • "Copyright Notice: Louis Zukofsky, Paul Zukofsky, and Modernist Poetics." The Louisville ConferenceUniversity of Louisville. February 2018.
  • "'We perused your MS. / with boundless delight': Reading Zukofsky's "A"-8 Then and Now." Midwest Modern Language Association, Cincinnati. November 2017.
  • "Speculative Histories of Soviet Texts Subject to the Foreign Agents Registration Act." States of the Book Conference, West Point Military Academy, September 2016.

Selected Professional Presentations

  • "Primary Resources for Engaging Instructional Environments," Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Oakland University,  April 2018.
  • "Teaching with Rare Books," OU-EMU Instructional Exchange, December 2017.
  • "Fast Track to Finishing Your Dissertation" Graduate Office, Kresge Library, Oakland University with Amanda Nichols Hess, January 2017.
  • "Rare Books Preservation on a Shoestring: Oakland University's Special Collections," Southeast Michigan League of Libraries, Dominique Daniel. March 2017.
  • "Connecting the Virtual with the Vault: Using Rare Books in Tandem with Early English Books Online." IFLA Information Literacy Satellite Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, August 2016.
  • "Items Overdue: Condition Assessment of Oakland University Library's Special Collections," Conservation and Collections Care Camp, the University of Michigan, May 2016.
  • "Challenging the 'Three Peer-Reviewed Articles' Assignment: Using Library Instruction to Advance Transformative Learning in Your Classroom." OU/Windsor Teaching and Learning Conference, Oakland University, May 2016.


  • OU Educational Development Grant (Fall 2019). Book cradles "supporting" library instruction with primary sources.
  • Peiser, M., & Spunaugle, E.D. (2019) BSA-ASECS Fellowship for Bibliographical Studies in the Eighteenth Century. Gender, disability, and finding women in the archives: Establishing the provenance of the Marguerite Hicks Collection, 1660-1820.
  • Spunaugle, E.D., & Peiser, M. (2019). Princeton University Library Research Grant. Establishing the Provenance of the Marguerite Hicks Collection of women's writings.
  • Summer Archival Research Grant, WSU English Dept., Winter 2018.
  • OU Faculty Research Grant, Winter 2018.
  • OU Educational Development Grant, Winter 2018.
  • Graduate Professional Scholarship, WSU, 2020-2021
  • Graduate Professional Scholarship, WSU, 2018-2019.
  • Graduate Professional Scholarship, WSU, 2017-2018.
  • "Oakland University Archives and Special Collections Preservation Assessment," submitted with D. Daniel to National Endowment for the Humanities, 2017.
  • Finalist. Digitization of Pontiac Press, 1960s. DigMich Newspaper Preservation, 2018.

Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Recognition Luncheon for Teaching, 2018 Honoree.

Professional Development

  • "Teaching the History of the Book," taught by Michael Suarez, S.J., Rare Book School, July 2018
  • Book History Workshop at Texas A&M University, May 2017

University Senate Committees

  • Chair, Senate Library Committee, 2018-2020.
  • Member, General Education Committee, 2018-2022.
  • Member, Senate Library Committee, 2016-2018.

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • SHARP News Associate Editor for E-Resources and Exhibits
  • SHARP moderator
  • Literatures in English (LES) Planning Committee, 2020-present.
  • Literatures in English (LES) Conference Program Planning Committee, New Orleans 2018
  • Literatures in English (LES) Conference Program Planning Committee, Chicago 2017
  • Library History Round Table (LHRT) Member at Large, 2017-2019
  • Rare Books and Manuscripts Section member, 2015-present

Library Committees and Groups

  • Research Forum, co-creator, 2018
  • Committee on Instruction, 2016-present
  • Journal Club, 2015-present

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