Faculty & Staff

photo of Len von Morzé

Len von Morzé, PhD

  • Associate Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts Director of the Undergraduate Program
  • Telephone: N/A
  • Office Location: Wheatley Hall,06,00062

Areas of Expertise

Atlantic Studies; literature of the American colonial and revolutionary periods and of the early Republic


BA, PhD, University of California Berkeley
MA, University of California Irvine

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information


"Sermons, Slavery, and Scandal: The Printed Worlds of Early Boston, 1660 - 1830." Exhibit for Boston Public Library, Rare Books Department, 15 July - 30 September 2009. Course documents, photos, and exhibit catalog.

Shorter Essays

“Beyond the Clip: Critical Uses of Film in the Non-Film Course.” Human Architecture 6.1 (2008): 1–6.
"Hugh Henry Brackenridge." The Literary Encyclopedia Online. 2009.
"Virtue" and "Pierre Eugène Du Simitière." Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment. Ed. Mark Spencer. New York: Continuum, 2015.
Essays on Franklin, Equiano, Emerson for guidebook on American literature.
Reviews of books on Atlantic and early American topics for The Wordsworth Circle and The New England Quarterly.
“Sources Into Evidence; or, Rethinking the Research Requirement in Research & Composition Courses.” Teaching Effectiveness Essay Prize.

Courses Taught

• ENGL 102 Freshman English
• ENGL 182G “Race” and Ethnicity in Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature
• ENGL 200 Understanding Literature
• ENGL 202 Six American Authors
• ENGL 351 Early African-American Literature
• ENGL 376 Literature and the Political Imagination
• ENGL 407 Colonial American Literature
• ENGL 430 Literature of the Atlantic
• ENGL 457 Colloquium on Careers for English Majors (1 credit)
• ENGL 458 Colloquium on the Art of Literary Reviewing (1 credit)
• ENGL 483 Declaring Independence: Origins of U.S. Literature
• ENGL 498/499 English Honors Senior Seminar
• HONS 290 Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Boston
• ENGL 606 Print Culture of Early Boston (Graduate)
• ENGL 650 Colonial American Literature (Graduate)
• ENGL 652 American Romanticism (Graduate)
• ENGL 664 Literature of the Atlantic (Graduate)
• ENGL 697 Atlantic Utopias (Graduate)

Current Service

Associate Editor, The New England Quarterly.

Undergraduate Program Director, English Department. I welcome undergraduate students to make appointments to speak with me about what they can do in (and with) English. Any transfer students who have completed English coursework at other universities should e-mail me to talk about transferring coursework and planning a course of study at UMB.