Donna Harrington-Lueker is a professor in the Department of English and Communications at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. A former magazine writer and editor, her research interests include nineteenth-century print culture, women’s magazines of any period, and the radical or alternative press.
Her study of popular summer reading, Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading (2019), draws upon letters, diaries, archival materials, and an array of nineteenth-century popular novels set at summer resorts, to show how the practice of light summer reading (AKA the “beach read”) takes shape in the nineteenth century. Published in 2019, the book is part of the series Studies in Print Culture and Book history from the University of Massachusetts Press.
In addition to this book, her academic work has appeared in the Keats-Shelley Journal, Journalism History, and Nineteenth Century Studies.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., and her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has worked as a magazine editor in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco and freelanced from the Providence, R.I., area.