Cynthia J. Cunningham, PhD
Cynthia J. Cunningham, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of English at Western Michigan University, and a former associate editor of the journal Comparative Drama. Dr. Klekar teaches courses in eighteenth-century literature, British literature, restoration drama, and the novel. She is coeditor of The Culture of the Gift in Eighteenth-Century England (Palgrave, 2009), and she has published articles in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Philological Quarterly, Eighteenth-Century Theory and Interpretation, The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. In 2007, Dr. Klekar gave a talk at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Paula Backscheider Archival Fellowship Award, the Richard H. Popkin Travel Award, the WMU Support for Faculty Scholars Award, and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Innovative Course Design Award. She is currently working on a collaborative project on the significance of gift exchange to the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and a book on generosity and disability in eighteenth-century English literature.