Leslie Eckel, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of English
Honors Coordinator in English
Co-Director, Honors Major in History and Literature

Phone: 617-994-6436
Fax: 617-305-1744
Email: leckel@suffolk.edu
Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 8052

Fall 2018 Office Hours 

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Mondays & Wednesdays
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Tuesdays


  • 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

“Emerson’s Transatlantic Networks.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, edited by Mark Long and Sean Ross Meehan, Modern Language Association, 2018, pp. 169-174.

“Oratory.” Walt Whitman in Context, edited by Joanna Levin and Edward Whitley, Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp. 98-107.

“Crosscurrents of Black Utopianism: Martin R. Delany’s and Frederick Douglass’s Countercultural Atlantic.” The Edinburgh Companion to Atlantic Literary Studies, edited by Leslie Elizabeth Eckel and Clare Frances Elliott, Edinburgh University Press, 2016, pp. 131-145.

"Radical Innocence: Margaret Fuller's Utopian Rome." Transatlantica (2015).

"Oceanic Mirrors: Atlantic Literature and the Global Chaosmos." Atlantic Studies 11.1 (2014): 128-144.

"Gender." Ralph Waldo Emerson in Context. Ed. Wesley T. Mott. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 188-195.

"'The test of salt water': New Models for Transatlantic Studies." Co-authored with Joel Pace. Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations 15.1 (2011): 3-16.

"Longfellow's Dantean Imagination and the Volume of the World." Dante Studies 128 (2010): 149-161.

"Reading with Wonder: Encounters with Moby-Dick." Common-place 10.2 (2010).

Work in Progress

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

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