Carrie Shanafelt specializes in British and American literature of the long eighteenth century. Her dissertation, Common Sense: The Rise of Narrative in the Age of Self-Evidence, examines the rhetorical use of fictional narratives in eighteenth-century British philosophy and early novels. Carrie has taught various courses on seventeenth- to nineteenth-century poetry and prose, including courses on Enlightenment philosophy and the novel, literary representations of desire and consent, Milton and Romantic poetry, the Gothic novel, literature of slavery and economics, and eighteenth-century satire. Her current research interests include aesthetic theory, eighteenth-century representations of sex, and discourses of human rights during the Atlantic slave trade. Her chapter "The Rhetoric of Consensus: David Hume and Henry Fielding on Moral Sentiment" was published in an edited volume, David Hume: A Tercentenary Tribute (ed. Tweyman, 2013), and her article "Vicarious Sex and the Vulnerable Eighteenth-Century Reader" appears in LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory 24.4 (2013).