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Tufts University
Department of English
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Elizabeth Ammons
Harriet H. Fay Professor of Literature


Ph.D., University of Illinois
M.A., University of Cincinnati
B.A., University of Cincinnati


B.A., M.A., University of Cincinnati, 1964, 1966; Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1974; part-time and adjunct teaching positions at various institutions before coming to Tufts in 1976 as an Assistant Professor; Dean for Arts and Humanities at Tufts 1994-96; Harriet H. Fay Professor of Literature at Tufts, 1996 to the present; Chair of the English Department, 1991-1994; Director of the First-Year Writing Program at Tufts, 1998-2003; Director of Graduate Studies, 2015-2019; numerous departmental and university committees, including Tenure and Promotion and co-chair of the Equal Educational Opportunity Committee; recipient of Mellon, National Endowment for the Humanities, and American Association of University Women faculty fellowships; Phi Beta Kappa; recipient of Tufts University Multicultural Service Award, 1996; Fulbright Lecturer in Japan, summer 2003, giving lectures in Tokyo and Kyoto on American literature; WISE Speaker, England, summer 2006; Outstanding Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award 2011.

Research Interests

  • American Literature
  • Environmental Humanities
  • U.S. Literature and Race Studies

Courses Taught (Selected)

  • Earth Matters
  • American Realism
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Justice and World Literature
  • Dissent and Democracy: American Literature to 1900
  • American Women Writers

Publication Highlights

Selected books and edited/co-edited books:

  • Sharing the Earth: An International Environmental Justice Reader (Georgia, 2015)
  • Brave New Words: How Literature Will Save the Planet (Iowa, 2010)
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin: A Casebook (Oxford, 2007).
  • Approaches to Teaching Uncle Tom's Cabin (MLA, 2000).
  • American Local Color Writing, 1880-1920 (Penguin, 1998).
  • Tricksterism in Turn-of-the-Century American Literature: A Multicultural Perspective (UP of New England, 1994).
  • Conflicting Stories: American Women Writers at the Turn into the 20th Century (Oxford UP,1991).
  • Short Fiction by Black Women, 1900-1920 (Oxford UP,1991).
  • How Celia Changed her Mind and Selected Stories by Rose Terry Cooke (Rutgers UP, 1986).
  • Edith Wharton's Argument with America (U of Georgia P, 1980).
  • Critical Essays on Harriet Beecher Stowe (G.K. Hall,1980).

Articles published in:

  • American Literature, Cather Studies, American Literary Realism, Legacy, Radical Teacher, American Quarterly, PMLA, College Literature, Criticism, Black American Literature Forum, Studies in American Fiction.
  • Essays in numerous edited collections, such as:
    • Uncle Tom's Cabin: A Casebook (2007), New Essays on Willa Cather (1999), The Unruly Voice: Essays on Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1996), Cambridge Companion to Edith Wharton (1995), The Cambridge Companion to American Realism and Naturalism (1995), New Essays on The Country of the Pointed Firs (1994), Essays on American Realism and the Canon (1993), The Cultural Moment, 1915 (1991), The Columbia History of the American Novel (1991).