Making History Come Alive


Jane Austen & Co. is a free public Zoom series focused on the life, histories, and writings of women living in the Regency era. Beginning as a book group in Durham, North Carolina, we now offer a diverse array of lectures, Q&As, and digital programming. Part of the Jane Austen Summer Program, our mission is to bring engaging and informative humanities programming to local audiences both within our local Triangle Region of North Carolina and beyond.

Since Summer 2020, Jane Austen & Co. has offered a series of online webinars and discussions. Our 2020 series, entitled "Staying Home with Jane Austen," explored domestic life, labor, and practices during the Regency, including dress, music, embroidery, gardening, and gaming. Our Spring 2021 series, "Race and the Regency," explores the role of race, nationalism, colonialism, and identity in the culture of the long eighteenth century, exploring topics such as slavery, abolition, portraiture, and modern representations of historical people of color. Our program also offers conversations with authors of modern Austen adaptations, including Ibi Zoboi (author of Pride), Margot Melcon and Lauren Gunderson (co-authors of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley), and Jo Baker (author of Longbourn).

All of our programs are free and open to the public!


Inger Brodey


Inger S.B. Brodey  is an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Affiliate Professor of Asian Studies, Adjunct Professor of Global Studies, and Director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships. Her primary interest is in the history of the novel in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Europe and Meiji Japan, and she has published extensively on Jane Austen. She is co-founder and co-director of the Jane Austen Summer Program.

Anne Fertig


Anne Fertig is currently a doctoral student in English Literature at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a long-time volunteer with the Jane Austen Summer Program and developed Jane Austen & Company in 2019. She was a former Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar at the University of Glasgow  and the co-editor of A Song of Glasgow Town: The Collected Poems of Marion Bernstein.

Danielle Christmas



Danielle Christmas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A Delta Delta Delta Fellow in the Humanities, she holds a Ph.D. in English from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of “Auschwitz and the Plantation: Labor, Sex, and Death in American Holocaust and Slavery Fiction.” Her interests in Southern history includes Confederate monuments, lynching narratives, and visual art. 

Emily Sferra


Emily Sferra is a graduate student and teaching fellow at UNC. She is working on her doctorate in English literature and a certificate in women's and gender studies. She is interested in the gender politics of nineteenth-century British women writers, and the publishing history of their novels. Each year, she helps with UNC's Jane Austen Summer Program. 

Sage Holden


Sage Holden is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying English and Communications Studies. She is currently serving as a publicity intern for JASP and Jane Austen and Co.