Jim Casey is an assistant professor of African American Studies, History, and English and the founding associate director of the Center for Black Digital Research at Penn State. He earned his PhD in English at the University of Delaware and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University.
His research interests begin with nineteenth-century African American Studies, periodicals, and print culture, extending out into the public and digital humanities. He is currently completing a book project on The Invention of Editors. With P. Gabrielle Foreman, he is co-editor of The Colored Convention Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century (UNC Press). Among others, his digital scholarly projects include co-directing the Colored Conventions Project and Douglass Day. He serves as president of the Research Society for American Periodicals.