Research InterestsHistory of the book; manuscript studies; medieval literature and culture; Early Modern literature and culture; materiality and material theory; theories and histories of reading; histories of museums and libraries
Dr. Eric Ensley is Curator of Rare Books and Maps in the Special Collections & Archives, where he works to make rare materials better accessible to students, faculty, and researchers across the University of Iowa campus and beyond. He holds a PhD in English from Yale University and an MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A book historian by training, Dr. Ensley's research focuses on the intersection of pre-modern culture and the material book, particularly how users of early books imagined themselves within documents, letters, manuscripts, and early printed materials. He is eager to talk with students and faculty about how Special Collections can assist in their research through consultations and access to rare materials.