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Teresa A. Goddu

Associate Professor
Associate Professor of English and American Studies

Teresa A. Goddu is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Vanderbilt University. 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, genre studies, as well as print, material and visual culture. She is the author of Gothic America: Narrative, History, and Nation (Columbia UP) and Selling Antislavery: U.S. Abolition and the Rise of Mass Media (forthcoming, University of Pennsylvania Press). Her work has appeared in American Literary HistoryBook HistoryMELUSCommon-Place, South Atlantic QuarterlyStudies 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. 

Currently, she is developing a new research and teaching agenda in the environmental humanities. She teaches contemporary climate fiction and 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 also 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.