Kristen earned a B.S. in secondary education from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), where she concentrated in English literature and history. She continued her education at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE), where she received an M.A. in English literature. Kristen is nearing the end of her work for a Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University and is defending her dissertation in September.In her Ph.D. studies Kristen has focused on American literature to 1870; African-American and black Atlantic literature; book history and print culture; and cultural geography. She was celebrated by NYU for her work on her dissertation, “At the Bookstore: Literary and Cultural Experience in Antebellum New York City,” with the 2012 Carnwath-Callendar Award, which honors a female student writing a dissertation on American literature, as well as the 2012 Millicent Bell Award, a departmental award for dissertation work in any area of English and American literature.
Kristen has received several fellowships during her career, including the Stephen Botein Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, MA) in 2012 and the William Reese Company Fellowship in American Bibliography from the Library Company of Philadelphia in 2011. Articles on her research will soon be published in the journal, Book History and in the Oxford History of Popular Print Culture series. She has also written for Common-Place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life and Lost New York 1609–2009, an essay volume accompanying an exhibition and conference at New York University.