Leslie Eckel, PhD

Associate Professor, English

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Honors Coordinator in English
Co-Director, Honors Major in History and Literature


  • PhD, Yale University
  • MPhil, University of Oxford
  • BA, Harvard University

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • Transatlantic Studies
  • African American Literature and the Black Atlantic
  • Utopian Literary Studies



  • The Edinburgh Companion to Atlantic Literary Studies, ed. with Clare Elliott. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.
  • Atlantic Citizens: Nineteenth-Century American Writers At Work in the World. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013.

Journal Issue

  • “Boston and the New Atlantic World.” Ed. with Joel Pace. Special issue of Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations 15.1 (2011).

Essays and Book Chapters

Work in Progress

  • Dwelling in Possibility: Atlantic Utopias and Countercultures (monograph).
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Courses Taught

  • ENG 155: Young Adult Literature
  • ENG 216: World Literature in English
  • ENG 217: American Literature I: Origins to 1865
  • ENG 218: American Literature II: 1865 to Present
  • ENG 301: Gateway Seminar for Majors: American Literary Genealogies
  • ENG 301: Gateway Seminar for Majors: Transcendentalist Circles
  • ENG 352: Global American Literature
  • ENG 354: Hawthorne, Melville, and Stowe
  • ENG 356: Whitman and Dickinson
  • ENG 388/424/H524: Utopias and Dystopias
  • ENG 510: Independent Study in English
  • ENG 514: Internship in English
  • ENG H555: Senior Honors Thesis
  • SF 1148/H1148: Brave New Worlds
  • WGS 111: Women, History, and Culture
  • WRI 102: First Year Writing II
  • WRI H103: Advanced First Year Writing