Abigail Droge works at the intersection of nineteenth-century British literature and science, the sociology of reading, and twenty-first-century pedagogy. Her dissertation, "Reading Skills: The Politics of Literacy in the Nineteenth and Twenty-First Centuries," focuses on working- and middle-class literacy movements in Victorian England and seeks to understand how literacy was perceived as a skill that could create or break social bonds. By using archival records to recover what potentials nineteenth-century novels had for their original readers, she suggests new ways forward for Victorian Studies today. She is committed to interdisciplinary work, archival research, and teaching. She is part of the Stanford Literary Lab and holds a B.A. from Yale.
In the Writing Intensive Seminars in English (WISE) program, Abigail has taught a course titled “Novels vs Dinosaurs: Narratives of Evolution in Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Science.” She helped to create the WISE program through her collaborative work on the English Department Pedagogy Committee. With a grant from the Stanford Haas Center for Public Service, she developed an English course in the Stanford Summer Session called "Reading Politics: The History and Future of Literacy" with a significant community engagement component, in which students volunteered outside of class time with local Bay Area literacy programs and were challenged to find connections between those volunteer experiences and the texts they read in class. Abigail has also taught in the Collaborative Teaching Program, the Bing Honors College, and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford. She was also a Preparing Future Professors Fellow, working collaboratively between Stanford and San Jose State Universities.
Abigail’s prizes and fellowships include the Weiland Fellowship, the Graduate Research Opportunity Grant, the Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity Grant, and the VanArsdel Prize from the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. Her work has appeared in the Victorian Periodicals Review and the Journal of Literature and Science.