Faculty & Staff

Cheryl Nixon, PhD

Department Chair of English, Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts


photo of Cheryl Nixon

Areas of Expertise

18th century literature; rise of the novel; history of the book; and law and literature


PhD, Harvard University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Selected Courses Taught:


The Rise of the Novel; The Pre-modern and Postmodern Novel; The History of the Book; Law and Literature, The Monstrous Imagination in Literature; Comedy; Libraries and the Making of Knowledge, Five British Authors; Understanding Literature; Freshman Composition I and II.


The Teaching of Literature; The Rise of the Novel; Political, Theatrical, and Literary Culture in London, 1660-1725; Books, Manuscripts, Libraries; Literary Sites and Spaces, The Gothic.

Additional Projects

  • Curator, "The Imaginative Worlds of Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, and the Early Novel," Rare Books Exhibition, Boston Public Library, November 2013-April 2014. 
  • Curator, “Crooks, Rogues, and Maids Less than Virtuous: Books in the Streets of 18th-Century London,” Rare Books Exhibition, Boston Public Library, December 12, 2006-May 1 2007.
  • “Orphans, Wards, and Lost Children:  Eighteenth-Century Facts and Fictions,” Teaching Pamphlet: Innovative Course Design Winning Proposal. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2001-2.