Karla NielsenCurator of Literature, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries+1 212 854 8481
Areas of Interest :novel theory, archival theory, histories of the book and reading, bibliography, media studies, translation studies, medieval Iberia
B.A. Comparative Literature Brown University (1998), Ph.D. Comparative Literature University of California at Berkeley (2010), MSLIS University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012)
Karla Nielsen’s research and teaching focus on the interrelation of literary form and material format. Before coming to Columbia, she worked for small press and academic publishers, at the California Digital Library, and in special collections libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and the Prelinger Library in San Francisco.
Her dissertation compared late medieval story collections translated from Arabic and Latin into Castilian across fifteenth-century manuscripts and early print editions. Recent work in the RBML has shifted her attention back to an earlier focus on modernism, and specifically James Joyce. Her other responsibilities in the RBML include reference and instruction support and archival and print collection development for literature from 1501 to the present, including publishers’ archives. She runs the Book History Colloquium, the Pine Tree Scholars program, and with a colleague at NYU the New York Special Collections Workshops.