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English Department

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(615) 322-2325
321 Benson Science Hall

Office Hours

Mondays 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. and by appointment.


Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania, 1991.

M. A., English, University of Pennsylvania, 1988.

B. A., magna cum laude with distinction in English, Yale University, 1986.

Teresa A. Goddu

Associate Professor

Teresa A. Goddu is Associate Professor of English and American Studies 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. 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 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 U.S. antislavery movement produced in making its appeal. Her work has appeared in American Literary History, Book History, MELUS, Common-Place, 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 has also served as co-director for a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar titled “The Age of Emancipation: Black Freedom in the Atlantic World” (2012-13) and as Program Chair for the 2014 C19 conference. 

Currently, she is developing a new research agenda in the environmental humanities. She serves as co-director for the Environmental Humanities Seminar at Vanderbilt’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and as one of the organizers of the C19 Environmental Humanities Cluster. As Director of the Program in American Studies, she designed and directed “The Sustainability Project,” a three-year interdisciplinary initiative to foster Vanderbilt’s efforts toward sustainability, which resulted in a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. As part of that broader initiative, she continues to co-direct “The Cumberland Project,” a faculty development workshop that aims to integrate sustainability across the curriculum at Vanderbilt. She was awarded The Chancellor’s Cup (2014) and named Alexander Heard Distinguished Service Professor (2013-14) for this work.

Please click the link for the MLA 2013 “Sustainability and Pedagogy” website.