James Berkey

Assistant Professor, English
Director, Writing Studio
Office Phone: 610-892-1325
Office Location: Vairo Library, 201 F
Mailing Address:
25 Yearsley Mill Rd.
Media PA 19063

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James Berkey is an Assistant Professor of English and the Director of the Writing Studio at Penn State Brandywine.  He received his PhD in English from Indiana University – Bloomington in 2010.  Before coming to Brandywine, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University, where he taught writing courses on war literature and the history of Durham, North Carolina.  His research and teaching interests include 19th- and 20th-Century American Literature; war literature (particularly the literature of the Civil War); print culture, periodical studies, and the history of the book; American Studies; and writing studies.  

Professor Berkey is currently at work on a book-length project on the material and cultural history of American soldier newspapers from the Civil War through World War I.  He examines how soldier newspapers served as instruments for building new circuits of information, opinion, and social identification that enabled readers to reimagine their relationship to each other, the nation, and the globe.  His project has drawn on resources from archives including the American Antiquarian Society, Boston Athenaeum, Library of Congress, U.S. Army Military History Institute, and Western Reserve Historical Society, and rare book libraries at Duke University, Emory University, and the University of North Carolina.  An article from this project is forthcoming in Literary Cultures of the Civil War, edited by Timothy Sweet (University of Georgia Press).

As the Director of the Writing Studio at Brandywine, Professor Berkey is excited to be working with an experienced staff of professional writing tutors as they help writers across the Brandywine campus to improve their writing.  Learn more about the Writing Studio by visiting http://brandywine.psu.edu/writing-studio.  

New to the Philadelphia area, Professor Berkey can’t wait to explore the region’s historical and cultural resources.


“Traces of the Confederacy: Soldier Newspapers and Wartime Printing in the Occupied South,” Literary Cultures of the Civil War, Ed. Timothy Sweet, University of Georgia Press (forthcoming)

“Splendid Little Papers from the ‘Splendid Little War’: Mapping Empire in the Soldier Newspapers of the Spanish-American War,” Journal of Modern Periodical Studies 3.2 (2012)

“Empire’s Mastheads: Rewriting the ‘Correspondents’ War’ from the Edge of Empire,” Journal of Transnational American Studies 3.2 (2011)