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Faculty Directory » Benjamin Railton

English Studies

Office Hours:

Semester: Spring 2019
Monday & Wednesday 9:30-10:45

Office Information:

Room Number: Miller Hall 102A
Phone: 978-665-4805

Courses Taught:

American Literature I: Age of Exploration to the Civil War (ENGL 2000)
American Literature II: Civil War to the Present (ENGL 2100)
Writing I & II (ENGL 1100, ENGL 1200)
Ethnic American Literature (ENGL 2650, AAST 2650)
American Novel to 1950 (ENGL 3220)
Senior Seminar: America in the Gilded Age
Major American Writers of the 20th Century
Intro to Science Fiction & Fantasy
American Studies I & II (AMST 1800, AMST 1900)
English Studies Capstone
Major Authors: Du Bois
American History Fiction, Practice & Theory (Graduate)


Ph.D. English (American Literature), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
B.A. History and Literature (American), Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude

Research Interests:

American historical literature
American ethnic literature
American studies
American identity
Public scholarship
the Gilded Age
Contemporary literature

Current Projects:

Exclusion & Inclusion: The Battle to Define America

Black History is American History: Four Figures Who Changed the Story (manuscript in progress)

"Vincent J. Mara Excellence in Teaching Award" Spring 2015

"Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship" Spring 2014

"Two Wrongs and a Right: What the Chinese Exclusion Act Can Teach Us about America," AFLA Food for Thought Lecture, Spring 2015

American Studies Blog

President Ex Officio, New England American Studies Association

Past President, Northeast Modern Language Association

Advisor, American Writers Museum

Editorial Board, Encyclopedia of American Studies

Representative Publications:

"Numerous online pieces at sites such as HuffPost, the Washington Post's Made by History blog, and many others."

History and Hope in American Literature: Modeling Critical Patriotism

The Chinese Exclusion Act: What It Can Teach Us About America (Palgrave Pivot, 2013).

Redefining American Identity: From Cabeza de Vaca to Barack Obama (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Contesting the Past, Reconstructing the Nation: Literature and Culture in the Gilded Age, 1976-1893 (Alabama, 2007).

Professional Affiliations:

Modern Language Association (MLA)
American Studies Association (ASA)
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
New England Studies Association (NEASA)
American Literature Association (ALA)