Author Biography

Leah M. Thomas is Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Languages and Literature at Virginia State University. Her research explores the intersection between transatlantic mapping and literature of the long eighteenth century. She has published on women writers such as Mary Prince and Helen Maria Williams, as well as on the concept of the ocean as a mirror in mapping.


Teaching Charlotte Lennox’s Harriot Stuart (London, 1750) and Euphemia (London, 1790) offers a transatlantic perspective of the New York region and its diverse population of African Americans, Native Americans, and European Americans as understood from a British woman novelist who lived in New York in the 1740s during the time in which both novels are set. In addition to this diversity, her novels demonstrate the conflicts and networks within this part of America, all of which can be explored through historical and geographical contexts of contemporaneous maps. These maps not only engage the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focus that many colleges and universities are adopting but also engage affect and memory through contemporaneous allegorical maps, and extend to opportunities for students to create their own maps.


geographic imagination, mapping, New York, African Americans, Native Americans, HBCUs, love, New York Conspiracy of 1741, Charlotte Lennox