Hankins_100w Laurel V. Hankins
Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Tufts University
M.A. Tufts University
B.A. Bryn Mawr College

Early American literature, nineteenth-century American literature, transatlantic literature and print culture, the early American novel.

Contact Information
Office: LARTS 325
Phone: x9772 
email: lhankins@umassd.edu

Dr. Hankins joined the UMass Dartmouth English Department in Fall 2011. At UMD, Prof. Hankins has taught and looks forward to teaching courses on literary theory, nineteenth-century American literature, early American literature, and transatlantic literary culture.

Dr. Hankins is currently working on a book project on the early American novel.  Reading novels, short stories, periodical essays, and political and moral philosophy, this project argues that we continue to underestimate sympathy’s role in early national political culture and institutions.  Dr. Hankins’ interest in early national print culture is also reflected in her article on nineteenth-century verse culture, “What the Folk Printed: Verse Culture and the Black Press in 1865 New Orleans,” forthcoming in the African American Review.