- Asst. Director for Programs and Experiential Learning
- Custom House
Kacey Stewart is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Delaware. His dissertation project “Sensing Place: Data Practices in Early America” examines how modern attitudes about the environment stem from an obsession with collecting and displaying data in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. He is set to defend his dissertation in May 2021. In addition to his forthcoming PhD in English, Stewart holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in early American literature and culture from West Chester University.
In 2019, he presented “Big Data and Early America” at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment conference. Stewart also presented “Local and Global Knowledges in Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans” at the 2018 American Literature Association conference and “Scripted Nature: The Aesthetic Dimensions of Field Guides” at the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Introductory Symposium in 2016. His work has been published in ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, Mad Agriculture Journal, Winterthur Library News, and The Land Report.
Prior to coming to the Starr Center, Stewart was an instructor at the University of Delaware, where he taught the College’s first year writing seminar and “Approaches to Literature,” a literature course designed specifically for non-English majors. He also was a fellow and the Leader of Graduate Pursuit for The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and was awarded an externship in Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute in 2019. In addition, Stewart has also enjoyed fellowships with The National Science Foundation, the American Philosophical Society’s Barra Foundation, Winterthur Museum and Library, and the University of Delaware.
Now in his role at the Starr Center, Stewart serves as Starr’s chief public events manager, developing and coordinating events and programs designed to bring students into conversation and collaboration with the local community and broader world. In addition to events, he also supervises experiential learning opportunities for Washington College students on behalf of the Starr Center, designing and implementing out-of-classroom learning opportunities, including on-site and off-site internships, exploratory trips, and research projects. Stewart recently purchased a home in Chestertown, where he now spends most weekends renovating and gardening.