I’m Cedrick May, an Associate Professor of English at The University of Texas at Arlington. My research interests are in early American literature, with a special focus on early African-American religious writing. My other research interests include Black Autobiography; Civil Rights and Black Power literature, early-American theology, computational textual analysis, digital humanities research methods, science and literature, and web development.
I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Texas at Arlington, and my doctorate degree from Penn State University in 2003. I am the author of Evangelism and Resistance in the Black Atlantic, 1760-1835 (University of Georgia Press, 2008), as well a number of articles, book chapters, and other publications about early African-American literature. I have just finished an edited collection of the poetry and prose of the slave-poet, Jupiter Hammon, forthcoming from The University of Tennessee Press.
I am also the developer and curator of the Early Transatlantic Writing Project, an effort to bring rare and difficult to find primary materials from the earliest days of transatlantic culture to the public. The project uses open-source tools for archiving and displaying documents, and guests are invited to help out the public and scholarly community by participating in transcribing and editing documents into plain-text, making many of the more difficult-to-read documents more suitable for a modern readership.