Laurel Hankins

Assistant Professor




Liberal Arts 337


Tufts University PhD
Tufts University MA
Bryn Mawr College BA

Research interests

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

Dr. Hankins joined the UMass Dartmouth English Department in Fall 2011. At UMassD, 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.

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