Willa Cather Archive Specialist
Emily J. Rau is the Managing Editor of the Willa Cather Archive and a Fellow in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. Her publications about Willa Cather have appeared in the Willa Cather Newsletter & Review and the edited collection In the Country of Lost Borders: New Critical Essays on My Ántonia. Rau is a PhD candidate in the English Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she serves as a graduate fellow in the Center for Great Plains Studies and as an editorial assistant for the journal Western American Literature. Her dissertation, "Uncovering the Tracks: The Railroad in American Literature," explores the intervention of the transcontinental railroad in American literature, revealing how it transformed conceptions of space, place, identity, and community.