Home and CV

Welcome to my website. In addition to knowing a little bit more about me, this website will connect you with eighteenth-century Caribbean related events, conferences, and calls for contributions.

It is also the future site of a digital mapping project, where I trace eighteenth- and ninetieth-century transatlantic publications onto the Caribbean. This will not only give scholars an opportunity to not only explore important works, but also the historical moments in which those works were produced.

Finally, I’ve been experimenting with eighteenth-century syllabi ideas, teaching strategies, and literary readings. You are welcome to join me in my pedagogical challenges and victories and download syllabi that you think may be useful for your own teaching!

I’m always looking to find ways to improve this site, so please share your thoughts and suggestions below.

Victoria Barnett-Woods’ Curriculum Vitae 


Current:    PhD Candidate, English, The George Washington University

Dissertation Title: Reading the West Indies: Empire, Slavery, and the Rise of the Novel

This dissertation project researches the complicated cross-pollination of the imperial history in the Caribbean (English, Spanish, French, African diaspora) and the “rise of the novel” in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  Anticipated graduation date: May 2018.

Awards and Grants (selection)

2017       Winner of the 2016-2017 ASECS graduate student research essay award  

2016       Loughran Fdn Endowment Dissertation Research Grant, Bodleian Library, Oxford

2016       The George Washington University Annual WID Graduate Teaching Award

2015       The George Washington University College Travel Grant: Barbados

2015       Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Bridgetown: Visiting Scholar

2015   Institute for Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras: Visiting Scholar


Barnett-Woods, Victoria.  “Models of Morality: The Bildungsroman and Social Reform in The Female American and The Woman of Colour.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 45:7 (2016). 613-623.

Barnett-Woods, Victoria. “Introduction.” Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Bloomington:  Caribe House Press, 2016. Pp ix-xxvii.

Barnett-Woods, Victoria. “Passing Through the Cracks: Gossip and Subversion in Forster’s A Passage  to India and Sidhwa’s Cracking India.” The Word Hoard 1:4 (2015). 61-74.

Barnett-Woods, Victoria. “Histories of Imperial Vision: Review Article for Abigail Swingen’s Competing Visions of Empire and Lisa Lowe’s The Intimacies of Four Continents.” New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century.  Spring  2017. p. 68.


 Teaching Experience (selection)

Literature and Professional Writing:

2016    Instructor: Introduction to English Literature II for fall semester (stand alone)

2015-2016    Curriculum Design: Business Administration Writing in the Disciplines

2013-2018    Graduate Assistant: Business Administration Writing

2011-2013    Instructor in Rhetoric and Composition, First Year Writing, Marquette University  (stand alone)

English as a Second Language:

2016-2017    Lead Facilitator and Coordinator: “Everyday English” weekly meetings for international students, The George Washington University

2013-2016    Instructor: “Everyday English” monthly workshops, George Washington University

2008- 2010      United States Peace Corps Volunteer, Philippines

      • Instructed approximately 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grade students in rural community
      • Co-founder of Remedial Reading Program
      • Adult ESL training with municipal employees in the mayor’s office, Nueva Ecija
      • Raised funding, erected, and implemented a Language Learning Center for community
      • Extended Description of Service available upon request

Conference Papers and Panels (selection)

Organizer and Chair:

2016    “(T)racing the Language of Labor.” Translation and Transmission in the Early Americas:  The Fourth Early Americanist Summit. Hosted by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. Washington, DC and The University of Maryland. June.

2015    “Long-Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture” at PAMLA Annual Conference. Portland, OR. November.

Conference Presentations:

2017     “Complicated Embodiments: Race, Desire and Death in Claire de Duras’ Ourika ASECS Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN, March.

2017     “Justice on Trial: Obeah and Colonial Law in British Guiana.” EGSA Annual Conference.  Washington, DC, February.

2017    “Complicated Embodiments: Race, Desire and Death in Claire de Duras’ Ourika ASECS Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN, March.

2017     Invited Panelist: “Transatlantic Domesticity and the Limits of a Genre in A Woman of Colour. British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Oxford, UK, January.

2016     “Shifting Men and Seas: Piracy, the Maritime Picaresque, and the Eighteenth Century  Caribbean.” Northeast Association of Eighteenth Century Studies. Amherst, MA. October.

2016     Invited Panelist: “Models of Morality: The Bildungsroman and Social Reform in The Female  American and The Woman of Colour.” American Literature Association Conference.San Francisco, CA. May.

2015    “Villainous Missionaries and Unearthly Men: Religious Anxieties in the Caribbean Gothic.” PAMLA Annual Conference. Portland, OR. November.

2015    “(Re)production, Slavery, and the Cultural Economy of Empire in The Woman of Colour.” ASECS Annual Conference. Los Angeles, CA. March.

2015     “The Silence of the Enslaved: Trauma and Narrative in Olaudah Equiano and Mary Prince.” GWU English Graduate Student Association Annual Conference. Washington, D.C. February.

2013   “Lost in Un-translation: The Untranslated Word and Representations of the Other in Colonial and Postcolonial Literature” UMass Translations Studies Conference, Reading Between the Lines. U of Massachusetts, Amherst, April.

Professional Development and Academic Service

2017 Volunteer, Modern Language Association Annual Convention. January 4-7.

2016-2017   Coordinating Council for Women in History, GWU Representative and Membership  Coordinating Assistant

2015-2016   EGSA Election Committee Chair

2015-2017   Lead Graduate Teaching Assistant, Writing in the Disciplines, GW School of Business

2015-2016   Blogger, ASECS Graduate Student Caucus Webpage

2014-2015   Vice President, English Graduate Student Association

2014       Workshop Participant, “Representing Slavery in the Eighteenth-Century: Atlantic Britain.” Facilitated by the Yale Center for British Art and the Lewis Walpole Library,Yale University. New Haven and Farmington, CT, December.

2013    Facilitator, “The Flipped Classroom: Application for the Core Curricula” Annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning.  Marquette University, Milwaukee, May.

2012     Committee Member, “Returning the Gift” 2012 conference, Marquette University

2012     Co-chair Metcalfe Speaker event, Dr. Robert Warrior, Marquette University

2012      Workshop Participant, “Poetics and Politics of Cultural Translation” Facilitated by Dr. Jyotsna Singh. Newberry Library, Chicago, September.

Language Competencies

  • Spanish Language Skills: Superior (ACTFL proficiency exam)
  • Tagalog (Filipino) Language Skills: Advanced High (ACTFL proficiency exam)

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