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Teresa A. Goddu

Associate Professor

Teresa A. Goddu is Associate Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. She received her B.A. from Yale University (1986) and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (1991). She is a specialist in nineteenth-century American literature and culture. She is the author of Gothic America: Narrative, History, and Nation (Columbia UP, 1997) and is currently completing a book project titled, “Selling Antislavery: Corporate Abolition and the Rise of Mass Culture in Antebellum America,” which studies the extensive print, material, and visual culture the antislavery movement produced in making its appeal. Her work has appeared in American Literary History, Book History, MELUS, South Atlantic Quarterly, Studies in American Fiction, and other venues. She is the recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Senior Specialist Fulbright award. She also served as co-director for a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar titled “The Age of Emancipation: Black Freedom in the Atlantic World.” During the 2013-14 academic year, she is serving as Program Chair for the C19 conference. For information on the conference, please see

Her research and teaching in the nineteenth century focus on slavery and antislavery, race and American culture, the history of the book and print culture, material and visual culture, and genre studies. She is also developing a new research agenda in sustainability studies. At Vanderbilt, she designed and directed “The Sustainability Project,” an interdisciplinary initiative to embolden Vanderbilt’s efforts toward sustainability. As part of that broader initiative, she also co-directs “The Cumberland Project,” a faculty development workshop to integrate sustainability across the curriculum. She organized a panel on “Sustainability and Pedagogy” for MLA 2013 and she will be delivering a paper on the Sustainability Project at AASHE in October.