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Kadin Henningsen (he/him)

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Contact Information

220 English Building
608 S Wright St.
MC 204
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

By Appointment Only
PhD Candidate - Literary Studies
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Gender & Women's Studies


I study nineteenth-century American literature, book history, and transgender studies. I am also a letterpress printer and restore nineteenth-century printing presses. 

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth Century American Literature, Book History, and Print Culture
  • Transgender and Queer Studies

Research Description

My dissertation applies a transgender lens to books as everyday objects that impact trans life by investigating how the book’s materiality—from the binding to typography—helped construct the boundaries that define normative and nonnormative gender in nineteenth-century America. 


MA English Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018

MA Gender & Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016

BFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2001


2024-2026 Junior Fellow, Andrew M. Mellow Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography 
2023-2024 English Department Fellowship 
2023 Philip Zwicker Memorial Research Grant, Cornell University
2023 LAS and English Department Summer Research Fellowship 
2023 Graduate College Dissertation Research Travel Grant
2023 California Rare Book School Scholarship
2022-2023 Graduate Student Fellow, Humanities Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2022-2023 William Reese Company Fellow in American Bibliography, Library Company of Philadelphia
2022-2023 Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography, Houghton Library, Harvard University  
2021 Smalley Fellowship, Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Summer Research)
2021 California Rare Book School Scholarship 
2021 Sambrook Award, London Rare Book School 
2019 President's Diversity in Research Travel Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2019 Caxton Club Scholarship, Rare Book School, University of Virginia
2016-2017 Kirkpatrick Fellowship, Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Awards and Honors

2024 American Printing History Association Individual Laureate Award 
2020 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching
2020 Tulane University Purchase Price, College Book Arts Association Members' Juried Exhibition
2020 College Book Arts Association Student Member Prize, CBAA Members' Juried Exhibition
2019 English Department Undergraduate Teaching Award

Courses Taught

As Instructor of Record: 

  • ENG 121: Introduction to Comics [in Theory and Practice]
  • ENG 250: Nineteenth Century American Fiction [Bodies, Books, Genders, and Genres] 
  • ENG 325: Topics in LGBT Literature and Film [Transgender Literature and Cultural Production]
  • GWS 370: Queer Theory
  • RHET 105: Research and Writing

As Teaching Assistant: 

  • ENG 255: Early American Literature and Culture 
  • GWS 202: Sexualities 
  • GWS 275: Politics of Fashion 


Additional Campus Affiliations

Graduate Employees' Organization IFT/AFT Local 6300
Gender & Women's Studies (Queer Studies Minor)
Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory
Skeuomorph Press and BookLab

Highlighted Publications



  • "Transgender and Trans Health 101." Women’s Health: Readings on Social, Economic, and Political Issues. Ed. Cabell H. Gathman. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt Publishing, 2016. 81-87.


  • "Cis, or Cisgender." Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History. Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2019.