Jacob Crane

  • Assistant Professor, English and Media Studies
  • Ph.D. Tufts University
  • Master of Arts Tufts University
  • Bachelor of Arts Boston University

Teaching Interests

Early and Nineteenth Century American Literature American Jewish Literature African American Literature Expository Writing

Research Interests

American Literature Atlantic and Diaspora Studies Race and Children's Literature

Bio

Jacob Crane earned his Ph.D. from Tufts University and is primarily interested in minority and diasporic authorship in early and nineteenth-century American literature. He lives in Medford.

Professional Memberships

  • Charles Brockden Brown Society 2021 - Present
  • The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 2020 - Present
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 2019 - Present
  • Modern Language Association 2012 - Present
  • Society of Early Americanists 2011 - Present
  • American Comparative Literature Association 2009 - Present
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2018, Honorable Mention, Darwin T. Turner Award, African American Review / Johns Hopkins Press
  • 2015, Dean's Fund for International Travel, Bentley University
  • 2013, Horst Frenz Prize Nominee, American Comparative Literature Association
  • 2013, Humanities Dissertation Writing Fellow, Tufts University
  • 2011, Fung Summer Fellowship, Tufts Unviersity
  • 2011, Outstanding Teacher Award, Tufts University
  • 2008, Ph.D. Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Tufts University
  • 2007, Master's Graduate Fellowship, Tufts University
  • 2001, Dean's Scholarship, Boston University
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • Crane, J. H. (2020). “One Day Our Warmest Friend; the Next Our Bitterest Enemy”: Mordecai Manuel Noah and the Black-Jewish Imaginary. Studies in American Jewish Literature / Penn State UP, (39) 2 182-195.
  • Crane, J. H. (2020). Reading American Secularism in the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli. American Quarterly / Johns Hopkins UP, (72) 2 403-422.
  • Crane, J. H. (2019). Peter Parley in Tripoli: Barbary Slavery and Imaginary Citizenship. ESQ: A Journal of Nineteent-Century American Literature / Washington State University Press, (65) 3 512-550.
  • Crane, J. H. (2019). Ararat Revisited. Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States / Oxford University Press, (44) 1 43-64.
  • Crane, J. H. (2018). "Razed to the Knees": the Anti-Heroic Body in James McCune Smith's "Head of Colored People" . African American Review / Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Crane, J. H. (2015). Barbary(an) Invasions: The North African Figure in Republican Print Culture. Early American Literature, (50) 2 331-358.
  • Crane, J. H. (2013). "The Long Transatlantic Career of the Turkish Spy". Atlantic Studies. 10.2 228-246.
  • Crane, J. H. (2011). Passing the Cape: Amitav Ghosh, Frederick Douglass and the Limits of the Black Atlantic. .

    Books


  • Crane, J. H. (). Blood and Ink: The Barbary Archive in American Literary History. Boston, MA: University of Massachusetts Press Forthcoming.

  • Book Chapters


  • Crane, J. H. (). “Letters Writ by a Turkish Spy”; The Amours of Edward the IV”; The Adventures of a Turk.” In , (Eds.) Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Forthcoming.

  • Book Reviews


  • Crane, J. H. (2016). [Review of the book Review of British Pirates in Print and Performance ]. Eighteenth-Century Fiction.

  • Other(s)


  • Crane, J. H. (2020). Electronic Empathy and the HumanitiesHumanities in Transition / Medium.com. (Link)
  • Crane, J. H. (2014). Hazardous Crossings: The Transatlantic Figure in American Print, 1784-1855Proquest. (Link)
  • Presentations

  • Crane, J. H. (2021). “The Algerine Crisis in Republican Philadelphia” Presented at the Charles Brockden Brown Society Charles Brockden Brown Society Biennial Conference Providence, RI
  • Crane, J. H. (2021). ““The ‘Algerine’ in American Abolitionism” ” Presented at the Dartmouth College Futures of American Studies Institute Hanover, NH
  • Crane, J. H. (2021). “Barbary Jews and the Early Republic” Presented at the Society of Early Americanists Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference Online
  • Crane, J. H. (2020). “By a Hidden Nation: Lost Tribes and Indigenous Survivance” Presented at the The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists C19 Biennial Conference Online
  • Crane, J. H. (2020). “Barbary Jews and the Early Republic” Presented at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference American Comparative Literarure Association Annual Conference Chicago, IL
  • Crane, J. H., Dayal, S., Hayward, C. C., Hodes, N. L., Medden, S. A., Mulder, J. Y., Mueller, L. S. (2019). Presented at the EMS Research and Pedagogy Committee EMS Research Roundtable Workshop Bentley University
  • Crane, J. H. (2019). Presented at the Society of Early Americanists Society of Early Americanists Annual Conference Eugene, OR
  • Crane, J. H. (2019). Presented at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference Denver, CO
  • Crane, J. H. (2018). ““The Interest of Fiction and the Authority of Truth”: Samuel Griswold Goodrich’s Little Library” Presented at the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists C19 Albuquerque, NM
  • Crane, J. H. (2018). “American Secularism and the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli” Presented at the Society of Early Americanists Religion and Politics in Early America St. Louis, MO
  • Crane, J. H. (2017). “"Blood and Ink: The Patriot and the Sable Poet in The American in Algiers."” Presented at the Society of Early Americanists Society of Early Americanists Annual Conference Tulsa, OK
  • Crane, J. H. (2017). “"The Algerines are Coming!: Fake News and Islamophobia in the Early Republic" ” Presented at the American Literature Association American Literature Association Annual Conference Boston, MA
  • Crane, J. H. (2017). “Of Pirates and Print: Race, Nation and the Barbary Archive” Presented at the Bentley University 5th Annual Research Poster Showcase Waltham, MA
  • Crane, J. H. (2016). “Barbary Narratives in 19th Century Children's Literature” Presented at the PCA/ACA Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Annual Conference Seattle, WA
  • Crane, J. H. (2015). “Mordecai Noah's Jewish Atlantic” Presented at the Modern Language Association Modern Language Association Annual Conference Vancouver, BC Canada
  • Crane, J. H. (2014). “Mordecai Noah in Charleston” Presented at the Avery Research Center, College of Charleston Performing Antebellum Charleston: Racial Theatrics in the Holy City Charleston, SC
  • Crane, J. H. (2014). “Barbary Captivity and 19th Century Children's Literature” Presented at the American Antiquarian Society Fellowship Colloquium Worcester, MA
  • Crane, J. H. (2013). “By A Hidden Nation: Jewish Identity and the Lost Tribes in the Anglophone Atlantic” Presented at the John Carter Brown Library Fellowship Colloquium Providence, RI
  • Crane, J. H. (2013). “Mapping the Jewish Diaspora: Mordecai Noah's Travels in England, France Spain and the Barbary States” Presented at the American Comparative Literature Conference ACLA Annual Conference Toronto, Canada
  • Crane, J. H. (2013). “Publius and Mehmet: The Muslim Mask and the Temporality of Republican Discourse” Presented at the Society of Early Americanists SEA Biennial Meeting Savannah, GA
  • Crane, J. H. (2012). “The Long Transatlantic Career of the Turkish Spy” Presented at the American Comparative Literature Association ACLA Annual Conference Providence, RI
  • Crane, J. H. (2011). “Barbary(an) Invasions” Presented at the Library Company of Philadelphia Fellowship Colloquium Philadelphia, PA
  • Crane, J. H. (2011). “Barbary(an) Invasions” Presented at the American Literature Association ALA Annual Meeting Boston, MA
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Committee Member for Expository Writing Teaching Resiliency Committee 2020 - 2020
  • Committee Member for Research and Pedagogy Committee 2016 - 2020
  • Committee Member for EMS Online Teaching Workshop - 2020
  • Committee Member for Tenure-Track Position Hiring Committee 2019 - 2020
  • Committee Member for English and Media Studies Research Roundtable - 2019
  • Committee Member for Teaching Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality Workshop - 2019
  • Committee Member for Full-time Visiting Lecturer Hiring Committee 2018 - 2018
  • Committee Member for Major's Fair Open House - 2018
  • Committee Member for EXP Placement Reader 2018 - 2018
  • Committee Member for EXP Placement Reader 2017 - 2017
  • Committee Member for EXP Placement Reader 2016 - 2016
  • Committee Member for Literature and Cinema Committee 2015 - 2016
  • University Service


  • Committee Member for Bentley Honors Council 2021 - Present
  • Administrative Assignment, Other for Coordinator for American Studies LSM 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Bentley Learning and Teaching Council 2020 - Present
  • Faculty Participant for New Faculty Lunch - 2021
  • Committee Member for BLTC Colloquium - 2021
  • Task Force Member for Racial Justice Task Force / Communications Committee 2020 - 2020
  • Guest Speaker for Provost's Hybrid Teaching Chat - 2020
  • Committee Member for BLTC Coffee Break - 2020
  • Committee Member for Curriculum Redesign Workshop - 2020
  • Faculty Participant for New Faculty Lunch - 2018
  • Contributor of Instructional Materials for Bentley First-Year Seminar 2017 - 2017
  • Professional Service


  • Conference/Workshop Organizer for Charles Brockden Brown Society Conference Committee 2021 - Present
  • Editor (Associate), Journal for New American Notes Online 2019 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Commonwealth Literature 2018 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Early American Literature 2017 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for African American Review 2017 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States 2014 - Present
  • Conference/Workshop Session Chair for Charles Brockden Brown Society Biennial Conference - 2021
  • Conference/Workshop Session Chair for Society of Early Americanists 2017 - 2018