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Leigh Dillard, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor - English
Phone: 678-717-3428

Office: Nesbitt Academic Building, 4108, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Eighteenth-century British literature, Illustration and the novel, Visual culture, Book history


Leigh G. Dillard is an Assistant Professor of English, earning her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in British literature with a focus on book illustration from the long eighteenth century. She earned an M.A. in English literature and a BA in Marketing, both from the University of Georgia. Her scholarly work focuses on the intersections of image and text to consider the related fields of book history, textual materiality, and visual culture. Recent publications include "Teaching the Visual Fielding" forthcoming in the MLA’s Approaches to Teaching the Works of Henry Fielding and "Drawing outside the Book: Parallel Illustration and Building of a Visual Culture" in Book Illustration in the Long Eighteenth Century (2011). Before her career in education, Dillard worked in media relations for the University of Georgia Athletic Association.

Courses Taught

ENGL 1101: Composition I
ENGL 1102: Composition II
ENGL 2010: Technical Communications (online)
ENGL 2121: British Lit I
ENGL 2121H: Honors British Lit I
ENGL 3160: Technical and Professional Communications

Study abroad: European Council, London summer program
ENGL 2111: World Lit I
ENGL 2121: British Lit I
ENGL 4180: Tours of London in Literature and Visual Culture


  • Ph.D., English, University of Missouri, 2010
  • M.A., English, University of Georgia, 2002
  • B.B.A., Marketing and Distribution, University of Georgia, 1996

Research/Special Interests

Eighteenth-Century British Studies
Early Victorian Literature
Visual Culture
Book History
Book Illustration
Service learning
Technical communications


“Illustrating for Posterity: Modes of Readership in the Eighteenth-Century Literary Marketplace.” Visualizing the Text from the Gutenberg Press to the Age of Caricature. Edited by Lauren Beck and Christina Ionescu. Newark: University of Delaware Press (forthcoming).

“The Visual Fielding.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Henry Fielding. Edited by Jennifer Wilson and Elizabeth Kraft. New York: Modern Language Association (forthcoming, 22 manuscript pages).

“Drawing Outside the Book: Parallel Illustration and Building of a Visual Culture.” Book Illustration in the Long Eighteenth Century: Reconfiguring the Visual Periphery of the Text. Edited by Christina Ionescu (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011) 196-241.

“Illustrating Tom Jones: The Visual Culture of Fielding’s Realism.” Word and Image in the Eighteenth Century: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue. Edited by Christina Ionescu and Renata Schellenberg (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008): 134-153.

“Barbauld as Editor: Illustration and Aesthetic Choice in The British Novelists Project.” International Journal of the Book 4.4 (2007): 133-50.

Co-authored with Patricia Okker and Nancy M. West. “Teaching Illustrations and Periodicals: Three Scholars Share their Ideas and Materials.” Victorian Periodicals Review, Special issue: Periodical Pedagogy. 39.4 (Winter, 2006): 365-82.

Work Experience

University of North Georgia, Assistant Professor of English (2012-present)
Georgia Institute of Technology, Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow (2009-12)
University of West Georgia, Instructor (2008-09)
University of Missouri, Graduate Teaching Assistant (2003-06)
University of Georgia, Graduate Teaching Assistant and Instructor (2001-03)

Personal Information

Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society: Advisor, Alpha Upsilon Phi chapter
Phi Eta Sigma: Advisor, Gainesville campus chapter
American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS): member
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP): member

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