Naomi J. Stubbs

Associate Professor, English

English professor and theatre/performance historian (19C US focus) Coordinator of learning communities and English internships at LaGuardia

Academic Interests

Nineteenth-century US theatre, performance, and popular entertainment

Pleasure gardens

Celebrity and fandom in 19C US theatre

Critical editing

Museum Studies


Associate Professor, English, LaGuardia Community College
Co-editor, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center


PhD in Theatre, Graduate Center, CUNY, 2012

MRes in Editing Lives and Letters, Queen Mary, University of London, 2005

BA (Hons) in English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, 2003



2018. A Player and a Gentleman: The Diary of Harry Watkins, Nineteenth-Century American Actor. Edited with Amy E. Hughes. University of Michigan Press.

2018. The Harry Watkins Diary: Digital Edition. Edited with Amy E. Hughes. Scott D. Dexter, Technology Director. Michigan Publishing.

2013. Cultivating Identity Through Performance: American Pleasure Gardens and Entertainment. Palgrave.

Scholarly Articles and Chapters

2014. “The American Path: From Pleasure Garden to Amusement Park.” Popular Entertainment Studies 5, no. 2 (September): 6-23.

2013. “Modern Nation and Rural Idyll: Reconciling Progress and Purity Through Performance.” In Theatre, Performance, and Analogue Technology: Historical Interfaces and Intermedialities. Edited by Kara Reilly. Palgrave.

2012. “Pleasure Gardens of America: Anxieties of National Identity.” In The Pleasure Garden, from Vauxhall to Coney Island. Edited by Johnathan Conlin. University of Pennsylvania Press.

2009. “The Final Revisions to David Garrick’s First Play.” Papers of the Bibliographic Society of America 103, no. 4 (December): 513-32.

Pedagogical Articles

2013. “Integrative Learning in the Liberal Arts: From Cluster to Capstone.” With Dean Ann Feibel and Provost Paul Arcario. Peer Review 15, no. 4 (Fall): 24-26.

Engaging Undergraduates in Humanities Research. An edited collection of essays on undergraduate research in the humanities, containing an article on my work on the Harry Watkins diary with interns at LaGuardia Community College.