Crystal Lake

COLA Outstanding Research Award
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English Language and Literatures

Crystal Lake is a prolific scholar, opening new avenues of inquiry within her field of 18th-century studies and publishing regularly and widely in top journals in the field.

Dr. Lake’s forthcoming book is the first comprehensive study of the archaeological discoveries made in England during the 18th century. Together with a colleague at another institution, she successfully pursued National Endowment for the Humanities funding that allowed a large team of researchers to digitize an 18th-century collection of 300 archaeological prints, many documenting sites that have been lost or damaged over the ensuing centuries. She introduces students to the scholarly life by regularly involving them in her research as assistants and by incorporating creative public research into the courses she teaches. Dr. Lake has received prestigious fellowships, and worked with Wright State’s Ohio Center of Excellence for Leadership and Innovation in the Arts to host a conference on Jane Austen during the bicentenary year of the author’s beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice, and has mentored other faculty interested in bridging the gap between academic and public scholarship.


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