Aíne (AAN-yuh) Norris, is a higher education communications professional, professional editor, and independent researcher.
Norris graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2008 and a Master of Arts in English, with a concentration in research, in 2016. Her graduate thesis, “From Watchman to Mockingbird: Tay Hohoff’s Editorial Influence on Harper Lee,” was advised by Bryant Mangum, Ph.D. and passed with distinction.
Norris focuses much of her scholarship on the working relationships of southern authors with their editors and the subsequent implications to their texts using research, analysis, forensic linguistic software(s), and literary criticism techniques. Previous conference presentations include “Ghosts and Goophers: Agency Through Superstition in Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Charles Chesnutt’s ‘The Goophered Grapevine’” at the 2017 Biennial Conference of the Southern American Studies Association at the College of William and Mary, “Revising Harper Lee: Editorial Impact on Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird” at the 22nd Annual Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Conference at the University of Mississippi, and “A Perilous Journey: Eudora Welty’s Use of the Slave Narrative Tradition in ‘A Worn Path’” at the Graduate Student Intersections Conference for Departments of English and History at Virginia Commonwealth University in March 2016.
In the past Norris has been a contributing writer for Our Health magazine, Richmond GRID magazine, and the VCU Alumni magazine, Shafer Court Connections. She also provides editorial assistance to Metropolitan Universities Journal.
Norris serves as Vice President for Public Relations for the VCU chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Professional and social affiliations in include the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, Society for the Study of Southern Literature, American Studies Association, American Association of University Women, and ACES: The Society for Editing.