UMass Boston

Leonard Von Morze

Honors College - Dean's Office
Assoc Prof A & Interim Dean
Wheatley Hall, Floor 06

Areas of Expertise

Atlantic Studies; literature of the American colonial and revolutionary periods and of the early Republic; multilingual U.S. writing


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

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Professional Highlights

  • Department Chair of English, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2017-2021

  • Barra Sabbatical Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies in Philadelphia, 2021-2022


"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 Publications

  • “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, and Emerson for textbook on American literature pub. 2016-17. Essay on Equiano for textbook on British literature, 2017.
  • "The Critical Force of Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Revolution." Review essay for Early American Literature, 2021.
  • Single-title reviews of books on Atlantic and early American topics for The Wordsworth Circle, Eighteenth-Century Studies, The New England Quarterly, The Journal of American Studies, The Journal of the Early Republic, American Literary History Online Review Series, The Middle Ground Journal.


Courses Taught

  • ENGL 102 First-Year Composition
  • ENGL 182G “Race” and Ethnicity in Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature
  • ENGL 200 Understanding Literature
  • ENGL 202 Six American Authors
  • ENGL/ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 270GL Writing and the Environment
  • ENGL 320 Memoir and Autobiography
  • 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 602 Studies in Narrative
  • 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)
  • ENVSCI 498 Developing Boston Harbor Across Time Scales