Faculty & Staff

Holly Jackson, PhD

Assistant Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts
Associate Editor of the New England Quarterly.


photo of Holly Jackson

Areas of Expertise

American literature and culture, especially the nineteenth-century novel; American social protest movements and utopian thought; African American studies; kinship studies; queer studies


PhD, Brandeis University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Conference presentations and invited talks:

Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University, American Literature and Culture Seminar Respondent
Johns Hopkins University, “Humanities for All” event, a Mellon-funded partnership with the Community Colleges of Baltimore County 
Simmons College, Gay Memorial Lecture keynote speaker
Early African American Print Culture in Theory and Practice Symposium, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania.
Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and African American Identity Symposium, Duke University.
C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
Modernist Studies Association
American Literature Association
American Studies Association
African American Literature and Culture Society
Modern Language Association

Courses Taught:

American Romanticism;  Radical Boston: American Protest Literature to 1900;  Cultures of the American Civil War;  Reading Sexuality: Queer Theory; Sex, Family, and Nation in the American Novel;  American Gothic Fiction.


Norman Foerster Prize (for best essay published in American Literature), 2015

Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Article Prize, 2008 

Current Projects:

My second book project is a narrative history of radical activism in the nineteenth-century United States, under contract with Crown, an imprint of Penguin Random House.  It reveals a countercultural network spanning five decades from the Jacksonian period through Reconstruction, mining the overlapping histories of utopian socialism, radical abolitionism, free love, black nationalism, labor movements and women’s liberation to tell the story of the second American revolution they effected, though incompletely and imperfectly.