B.A. 2004 Vassar College
Ph.D. 2009 The University of Western Australia On the PSU faculty since 2012
FIELDS: Editing and publishing, book history, print culture studies, Australian studies, postcolonial literature, and regional literature
BIOGRAPHY: Originally from a small town in northern Minnesota, Per Henningsgaard received his B.A. in 2004 from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
From there, he migrated downstream to New York City, where he worked as an Editorial Assistant for a multinational publishing house. Then, in 2005, he was awarded a Fulbright Grant on the
basis of a proposal to study book publishing and regional literature in Western Australia. A planned 12-month stay in Australia was extended when he was offered a scholarship to enroll in
a graduate program and continue his research under its auspices. Per received his Ph.D. in 2009 from The University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia. He returned to the
United States later that same year in order to take a job as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he directed a student-staffed publishing
house, Cornerstone Press. In 2012, Per joined the faculty at Portland State University as Assistant Professor of English and Director of Publishing.
Henningsgaard, P., Colgin, K., and Veleker, C. (2014). A pedagogical tool for studying the history of the book: Thirty-five years of bibliographical presses in Australia and
New Zealand, 1977–2012. Script & Print 38.1, 5–25.
Henningsgaard, P. (2013). Our cup runneth over: Life-stories from Fremantle go national. In P. Genoni and T. Dalziell (Eds.), Telling Stories: Australian Literary Cultures,
1935–2012. Melbourne: Monash University Press.
Henningsgaard, P. (2013). Australian journalist rocks New York: Lillian Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia. In P. Genoni and T. Dalziell (Eds.), Telling Stories:
Australian Literary Cultures, 1935–2012. Melbourne: Monash University Press.
Henningsgaard, P. (2010). A postcolonial perspective on regional literature in Australia. In N. O'Reilly (Ed.), Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature. Amherst, NY:
Henningsgaard, P. (2013). Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in literature and book history research. Paper presented at Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University
of Victoria, Victoria, 6–10 June 2013.
Henningsgaard, P. (2013). Digital publishing and the future of place-based literatures. Paper presented at American Association of Australasian Literary Studies,
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 14–16 February 2013.
Henningsgaard, P. (2012). Indigenous literatures of Australia and New Zealand: Changes in content, style, and mode of production from the 1980s to today. Paper presented at American
Comparative Literature Association seminar “The Catastrophe of Contact,” Brown University, Providence, 29 March1 April 2012.
Henningsgaard, P. (2012). Psychology and book history: A new frontier. Paper presented at American Association of Australasian Literary Studies, University of Toronto,
Toronto, 1618 February 2012.
Henningsgaard, P. (2010). The rise and rise of book history approaches in Australian literary studies. Paper presented at Association for the Study of Australian Literature,
University of New South Wales, Sydney, 710 July 2010.
Henningsgaard, P. (2010). Literature as an agent of social change: Teaching Sally Morgan's My Place and Upton Sinclair's The Jungle at an American university.
Paper presented at Reading Across the Pacific: AustralianUnited States Intellectual Histories, University of Sydney, Sydney, 1415 January 2010.