Elif S. Armbruster, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of English

Phone: 617-994-6437
Fax: 617-305-1744
Email: earmbruster@suffolk.edu
Office: 73 Tremont Street, 8th Floor, Room 8050


  • PhD, Boston University
  • MA, University of Southern Maine
  • BA, Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges (English and French)

Research Interests

  • American Realism (1870-1920)
  • American Domestic Architecture
  • Material Culture Studies
  • Women’s Literature
  • Ethnic Literature
  • American Autobiography and Biography

Selected Publications


Domestic Biographies: Stowe, Howells, James, and Wharton at Home. New York: Peter Lang, 2011.

Essays, Book Chapters, Interviews

"The Chinese American Miracle: An Interview with Anchee Min." MELUS 40.4 (Winter 2015): 173-190.

"From Laura Esquivel to Suzan Colon: Food and Female Identity in Fact and Fiction." Published January 11, 2013 at: http://americanstudier.blogspot.com/2013/01/january-11-2013-american-homes-elif.html

Introductions to Trade Edition Classics

"Introduction," "Chronology," "Notes," and "Based on the Book," in Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin(1852). Reprint; New York: Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2012. 

"Introduction," in Edith Wharton, Summer (1917). Reprint; New York: Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2006.

Book Reviews

Review of Henry Goings', Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery, ed. Calvin Schermerhorn, Michael Plunkett, and Edward Gaynor. Nineteenth Century Studies (December 2013).

Review of MOM: The Transformation of Motherhood in Modern America, Rebecca Jo Plant, Journal of Popular Culture, (March 2011).

Work in Progress

Sisters by Design: The Intertwined Lives of Edith Wharton, Minnie Jones, and Beatrix Farrand [In Progress]

"Swamps and Orange Trees": Race and Reconstruction in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Palmetto Leaves."

Courses Taught

WRI-101 First-Year Writing I
WRI-102 First-Year Writing II
ENG-216/ENG-135 World Literature in English
ENG-217 American Literature I: 1492-1865
ENG-301 Gateway Seminar for Majors: Edith Wharton in Life and Literature
ENG-353 Dwelling in American Realism
ENG-380 James and Wharton
ENG-387 Writing Women
ENG-422 Women Warriors: Stories of Captivity, Conversion, and Confession
ENG-424 House of Wits: Alice, Henry, and William James
ENG-510 Independent Study in English
ENG-H525 Honors Seminar: Latina Literature
AMST-111 Introduction to American Studies
SF-148 No Place Like Home: The American Home as a Cultural Symbol
SF-1135/H1135 Women Warriors: Strong Women, Strong Stories
WGS-111 Introduction to Women's Studies