Literary and political theory
Michelle C. Neely's research and teaching focus on questions of nature, culture and democracy in American literature before 1900. As an assistant professor at Connecticut College, Neely has built on her environmental, animal studies, and food studies expertise by developing courses for interdisciplinary contexts such as the Environmental Studies Program and the American Studies Program, and by teaching a wide range of courses in American literature before 1900.
Before joining Connecticut College in 2013, Neely was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Jackman Humanities Institute, where she also taught courses in the English department.
Professor Neely’s current book project, Unlikely Environmentalisms: Antebellum Literature in the Anthropocene, examines consumption, preservation, and multispecies community in order to explore 19th-century legacies to contemporary notions of sustainability. Neely’s work has appeared in the journals American Literature and The Concord Saunterer, and an essay on Henry David Thoreau and animals is forthcoming in Thoreau in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
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