John Funchion, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English and American Studies Director of Graduate Studies (fall 2017), English  

I am currently an associate professor of English and American Studies at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL where I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in early American and nineteenth-century U.S. literature. I am completing a book about anti-federal politics and paramilitary historical romances in the early U.S. republic. Beginning in the fall, I will serve as the English Department's Director of Graduate Studies.

My first book is Novel Nostalgias: The Aesthetics of Antagonism in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature (Ohio State UP, 2015). Along with Edward Watts (Michigan State Univ.) and Keri Holt (Utah State Univ.), I co-edited a collection of essays, Mapping Region in Early American Writing(U of Georgia P, 2015). My work has also appeared in Modernist Cultures, Modern Language Quarterly, Early American Literature, and The Henry James Review. I also have an essay on Emily Dickinson forthcoming in ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture. I received my Ph.D. in Literatures in English from Brown University (2008), an M.A. in English from the University of Minnesota (2002), and a B.A. in English from Creighton University (2000).

My research has received support from the University of Miami's Provost's Office, the Univeristy of Miami's Center for the Humanities, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The U.S. Department of Education supported my graduate studies by awarding me a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. As an undergraduate, I also had the fortunate opportunity to work as an editorial assistant on The Complete Letters of Henry James.


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Upcoming and Recent Conferences and Talks:


Migration, Diaspora, Circulation and Translation (Dublin - Oct 2017)

Society of Early Americanists: the 10th Biennial Conference (Tulsa - Mar 2017)