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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 Selling Antislavery: Abolitionist Media and the Rise of U.S. Mass Culture (forthcoming from U of Pennsylvania Press), 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 of 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 and teaching agenda in the environmental humanities. She teaches contemporary climate fiction and serves as co-director of an interdisciplinary faculty seminar, “Environmental Humanities in Action,” which is sponsored by Vanderbilt’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and the Wond’ry. She also organizes 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. She was awarded The Chancellor’s Cup (2014) and named Alexander Heard Distinguished Service Professor (2013-14) for this work.

Goddu was awarded the Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Humanities in 2016.

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