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E. Leigh Bonds

E.  Leigh Bonds

E. Leigh Bonds

Associate Professor, Digital Humanities Librarian


(614) 292-0849

490D 18th Avenue Library
175 W 18th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Digital Humanities
  • British Romantic Literature
  • British Romantic Women Writers
  • History of the Book
  • Critical Bibliography


  • PhD, English, Texas Tech University, 2014
  • MA with Honors, English, Austin Peay State University, 1998
  • BA, English, Austin Peay State University, 1994

Leigh Bonds holds a PhD in English from Texas Tech University with specializations in the long nineteenth-century and book history. She co-edited The Routledge Companion to Romantic Women Writers (Routledge, 2023) to which she contributed the “Mary Robinson” entry that provides an overview of biographical resources, works, editions, archival holdings, and critical reception from the eighteenth century to present. She edited the “Town and Country Magazine” chapters in Romantic Women Writers Reviewed, and published articles on Mary Robinson's censure of gaming and periodical puffing of Walsingham. Her current project, the Mary Robinson Research Companion, includes a bibliography of secondary sources and a database of primary sources.

As the Digital Humanities Librarian, Leigh Bonds supports Ohio State's digital humanities practitioners, consulting on research and curricula, collaborating on projects, and coordinating learning opportunities. In this capacity, she has been a collaborator on digital projects like the American Religious Sounds Project, Reading Like a Victorian, and Reclaiming Our Histories, and published on digital humanities librarianship.

At Ohio State, she teaches the Global Education course “Global May Great Britain,” and has directed individual studies and served on dissertation and thesis committees in several humanities departments. She became a GRO Research Leadership Fellow in 2023 and a Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning Affiliate in 2021, and was a Global Arts and Humanities Faculty Fellow in 2022-23. She serves on the University Senate and the University Research Committee. 

Selected Publications

  • “Facilitating Course [Re]Design: A Programmatic Approach to DH Integration.” Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities (IDEAH), vol. 3, no. 4, 2023.
  • Hawkins, Ann R., Catherine S. Blackwell, and E. Leigh Bonds, editors. The Routledge Research Companion to Romantic Women Writers. Routledge, 2023.
  • "Gambling on Gaming: Mary Robinson’s Literary Censures of the Fashionable Vice." CEA Critic, vol. 79, no. 1, 2017, pp. 12-37.
  • “The Power of the Puff: Mary Robinson’s Celebrity and the Success of Walsingham.” CEA Critic, vol. 75, no. 1, 2013, pp. 44-50.
  • "Town and Country Magazine." Romantic Women Writers Reviewed, edited by Ann R. Hawkins, vols. 2, 5, and 9, Ashgate, 2011-13. 

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