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 editing 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 Scholarly Editions Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities; publicity about these projects appears here, here, and here. He is Secretary/Treasurer of the Johnson Society of the Central Region.
- PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- BA, Oberlin College
- "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 (limited preview on Google Books).
- "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) (limited preview on Google Books).
- "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).
- "Reading the Material Text of Swift's Verses on the Death," SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 41 (2001): 515-44 (JSTOR or Project Muse).
- Scholarly Editions Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities
- Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities
- Summer Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities
- Visiting Research Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub
- Irish-American Research Travel Fellowships, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
- Aubrey Williams Research Travel Award, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
- Richard H. Rodino Prize, Ehrenpreis Centre for Swift Studies
- Ernst Philip Goldschmidt Fellowship, Rare Book School, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, English Graduate Student Association, University of Missouri
- Research Board Grant, University of Missouri System
- PRIME Fund award, University of Missouri
- Richard Wallace Research Incentive Grant, University of Missouri
- MU Arts and Humanities Small Grants, University of Missouri