PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, Oberlin College
Restoration and 18th-century British literature, bibliographical and textual studies, book history.
Many of Karian’s publications focus on Jonathan Swift, including his book Jonathan Swift in Print and Manuscript, published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. His articles have appeared in SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Studies in Bibliography, Huntington Library Quarterly, and elsewhere. With James Woolley, he is finishing an edition of Swift's complete poems in four volumes for the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift being published by Cambridge University Press. He is also co-editor of the Swift Poems Project, which manages an electronic archive of textual information related to Swift's poetry. Both projects were supported by a Fellowship and a Scholarly Editions Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities; publicity about these projects appears here, here, and here.
He has begun working on a new project, editing Alexander Pope's miscellany poems and uncollected verse for the Oxford Edition of the Writings of Alexander Pope being published by Oxford University Press. For this project he has received another Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is Secretary/Treasurer of the Johnson Society of the Central Region.
National Endowment for the Humanities
Scholarly Editions Grant, 2012-15
Summer Stipend, 2003
Other External Awards
Spencer Research Library Travel Award, University of Kansas Libraries, 2020
Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship for research in Dublin, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2011
Visiting Research Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub, 2010
Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship for research in Dublin, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2003
Richard H. Rodino Prize, Ehrenpreis Centre for Swift Studies, 2002
Aubrey Williams Research Travel Award, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2000
Ernst Philip Goldschmidt Fellowship, Rare Book School, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1998
Provost Great Books Program, 2024
Research Council Small Grants, 2023, 2021, 2019, 2018, 2014, and 2012
College of Arts and Science Research Leave, 2022-23 and 2020-21
Research Council Large Grants, 2022, 2018, 2017, and 2015
Arts and Humanities Domestic Travel Awards, 2021, 2019, 2017, and 2016
Strategic Investment Program Tier 3 Award, University of Missouri System, 2020
Faculty International Travel Awards, 2019, 2017, 2015, and 2013
Richard Wallace Research Incentive Grants, 2019, 2014, and 2012
MU Arts and Humanities Small Grants, 2013, 2012, and 2011
Arts and Science Alumni Organization Faculty Incentive Grant, 2013
Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, English Graduate Student Association, 2013
PRIME Fund award, 2012-15
Research Board Grant, University of Missouri System, 2012
Travel Fund, College of Arts and Science, 2012
"Swift as a Manuscript Poet," in Jonathan Swift and the Eighteenth-Century Book, ed. Paddy Bullard and James McLaverty (Cambridge University Press, 2013), 31-50
"The Limitations and Possibilities of the ESTC," The Age of Johnson 21 (2011): 283-97.
Jonathan Swift in Print and Manuscript (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
"Edmund Curll and the Circulation of Swift's Writings," in Reading Swift: Papers from the Fifth Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift, ed. Hermann J. Real (München: Wilhelm Fink, 2008), 99-129.
"Authors of the Mind: Some Notes on the QSUM Attribution Theory," Studies in Bibliography 57 (2005-06): 263-86 (Project Muse).