Hamilton used a 15-month leave (summer included) to publish two academic articles. She responded to the call from a West Coast editor to examine a topic within the realm of British women novelists from the 1750s. That project built upon some research she had started years earlier for her doctoral dissertation. After meeting that deadline and getting her work accepted, Hamilton realized there were other unanswered questions that could form the basis of a second article. That project involved primary research, something her leave allowed her to pursue in a timely and complete fashion.
Hamilton: “I think this is how scholarship works at its best -- answering one question will unearth a new set of questions that call out to be answered.”