Zoe Trodd is Professor and Chair of American Literature in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. Previously she taught at Columbia University in the English Department and the Institute for Research in African American Studies. Her main focus is protest literature and visual culture, especially of slavery and abolitionism, anti-lynching and civil rights. She has a PhD from Harvard University's History of American Civilization department and a BA/MA from Cambridge University (Newnham College) in English Literature. She has been a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard with visiting scholar status, an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Fellow and a research fellow at UNC Chapel Hill, in the Center for the Study of the American South. Her PhD dissertation about the memory of abolitionism in American protest literature won the Helen Choate Bell Prize and was a finalist for the Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize. Her other books are about John Brown, slavery, American protest literature and the civil rights era. She is working on several projects, including books about the representations of John Brown and Frederick Douglass in 20th-century literature and art, and a book for W.W. Norton of all known photographs of Douglass, showing that he was the most photographed American of the 19th century. She also writes and lectures about 21st-century slavery, and advises student chapters of Free the Slaves.