Rachel D. Ramsey, Ph.D

Associate Professor of English

508-767-7337 Founders Hall - Room 204

Degrees Earned

B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College; English, 1993
M.A., West Virginia University; English, 1996
Ph.D., West Virginia University, 2001

Publications & Editorships

“Rediscovering and Reconstituting the Past: The Legacy of Thomas Coram’s Foundling Hospital” in Encountering Ephemera from Shakespeare to Swift: Scholarship, Performance, Classroom. Ed. Joshua Fisher. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013.

“Imagining Eighteenth Century London.” Titled Review Essay. The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Vol. 51 supplement (2010).

“The Literary History of the Sash Window.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 22.2 (2009-10): 171-194.

“The Language of Urbanization in John Stow’s Survey of London.” Philological Quarterly, 85.3.4 (2006): 247-270.

Buying and Selling Luxury in Seventeenth-Century England.” Titled Review Essay.The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. 47: (2006).

“Redefining, Rediscovering, and Rewriting London’s Past.” Review Essay. Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, 3 (2003): 136-153.

“China and the Ideal of Order in John Webb’s An Historical Essay.” The Journal of the History of Ideas 62 (2001): 483-503.


“Breaking Windows and Redefining Crime in Defoe’s Moll Flanders,” British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Oxford, England, January 2014. 

“I was Framed”: How Windows Redefined Crime in Early Modern England,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Cleveland, Ohio, April 2013. 

“From Casement to Sashes: How Windows Redefine Crime in Early Modern England,” London Lives, 1690-1800. University of Hertfordshire, July 2010. 

“The Literary History of the Sash Window,” British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Oxford, January, 2008. 

“The Politics of Shopping at the Royal Exchange,” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Chicago, 2007. 

“Modern Conceptions of Charity in Early Modern London.” Invited Lecture. Founders Day Weekend. West Virginia Wesleyan College, October, 2006. 

“Shopping in Early Modern London,” Literary London Conference, University of Greenwich, London, 2006. 

“‘One of the Greatest Glories and Ornaments of London’: The Literary Rebuilding of the Royal Exchange,” British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Oxford, UK, 2004. 

“Daniel Defoe and Urban Design in Early Modern London,” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, October 2003. 

“Fear of Flames, Fires and Buildings: Narratives of Urban Expansion in London,” Representing the Unimaginable: Narratives of Disaster, Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat, Munster, Germany, May 2003.

Grants and Awards

Faculty Development Grant Recipient, 2007. Constructing Credit and Building Trade in Early Modern England: The Literary History of the Royal Exchange, the New Exchange and Exchange Alley.