Colleen Glenney Boggs

Academic Appointments

Parents Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities
Professor of English

Colleen Glenney Boggs is the Parents Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities. A scholar of nineteenth-century American literature, she has particular expertise in the literatures of the American Civil War, animal studies, transatlantic studies, literary theory and gender studies.  The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Mellon Foundation, she is the author of Patriotism By Proxy: The Civil War Draft and the Cultural Formation of Citizen-Soldiers, 1863-1865 (Oxford University Press, 2020), Animalia Americana: Animal Representations and Biopolitical Subjectivity (Columbia University Press, 2013) and Transnationalism and American Literature: Literary Translation 1773-1892 (Routledge, 2007; paperback 2009). Her work has appeared in American Literature, PMLA, Cultural Critique, and J19, among others. She edited the volume Options for Teaching the Literatures of the American Civil War (Modern Language Association, 2016). Together with Laura Doyle (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and Maria Cristina Fumagalli (University of Essex), she co-edits the book series Edinburgh Critical Studies in Atlantic Literatures and Cultures. Currently a member of the MLA Publications Committee, she has also served on the PMLA Editorial Board and as Director of the Leslie Center for the Humanities, where she developed an initiative in “medical humanities” that was the recipient of a CHCI/ Mellon Foundation research grant. Together with Professor Jennifer Lind (Government Department), she launched Dartmouth's Public Voices Program. Professor Boggs has presented her work broadly in national and international venues, including plenary lectures in Uppsala, Stockholm, Bamberg, Nuremburg, Leeds, Oslo, Montréal, and as Distinguished Professor at the Center for American Studies in Rome. She serves as co-director for Dartmouth's Summer Institute in American Studies. In 2019, she was elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society. She is currently launching a public humanities project (with Professors Carolyn Dever, Christie Harner, and Ivy Schweitzer): “There’s No Place Like Home: 19th Century Women Writers and the Opportunities of Home” addresses humanistic questions raised by the COVID pandemic.

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206 Sanborn
HB 6032
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
B.A. Yale University
M.A. University of Chicago
Ph.D. University of Chicago

Selected Publications

Patriotism by Proxy: The Civil War Draft and the Cultural Formation of Citizen-Soldiers, 1863-1865 (Oxford University Press, 2020)

"Introduction to 'Poetics of Fact, Politics of Fact'" -- a "theories and methodologies" essay cluster co-edited with Chenxi Tang (Berkeley), PMLA 134.5 (2019): 1109-1114.

Animalia Americana: Animal Representations and Biopolitical Subjectivity , Columbia University Press, January 2013.

Transnationalism and American Literature: Literary Translation 1773-1892 . New York and London: Routledge, 2007; paperback 2009.

(ed.) Teaching the Literatures of the American Civil War. New York: Modern Language Association, 2016.

Series Editor with Laura Doyle and Maria Cristina Fumagalli; Edinburgh Studies in Atlantic Literatures and Cultures

“Afterword,” Animals and Animality in the Literary Field. Eds. Bruce Boehrer, Molly Hand, Brian Massumi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

“Species States: Animal Control in Phil Klay’s Redeployment.” Control Culture: Foucault and Deleuze after Discipline. Ed. Frida Beckmann. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.  

“Love Triangle With Dog: ‘Whym Chow,’ the ‘Michael Fields,’ and the Poetic Potential of Human-Animals’ Affective Bonds,” Animalities: Literary and Cultural Studies Beyond the Human, ed. Michael Lundblad. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017. 190-210.

"Public Reading and the Civil War Draft Lottery.” American Periodicals. 26 (2), Fall 2016: 149-166.

“The Civil War’s ‘Empty Sleeve’ and the Cultural Production of Disabled Americans.” J 19: TheJournal of Nineteenth Century Americanists. 3 (1): Spring 2015. 41-65.

“Animals and the Formation of Liberal Subjectivity in Nineteenth Century American Literature.” Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature . Ed. Russ Castronovo. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, 197-216.

“Transatlantic Romanticism.” Transatlantic Literary Studies, 1680-1830: An Introduction . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012: 219-237.

“American Bestiality: Sex, Animals and the Construction of Subjectivity.” Cultural Critique 76 (3), Fall 2010: 98-125.

“Emily Dickinson’s Animal Pedagogies.” PMLA 124 (2), March 2009, 533-541.

“Introduction: (Un)Gendering the Transatlantic.” Symbiosis 13 (2), special issue edited by Colleen Glenney Boggs, October, 2009, 93-99.

“Translation in the United States.” Oxford History of Literary Translation in English : Volume 4: 1790-1900 (5 vols). Oxford and London: Oxford University Press, 2006:20-33.

“Margaret Fuller’s American Translation.” American Literature 76 (1), March 2004: 31-58.

“Specimens of Translation in Walt Whitman’s Poetry.” Arizona Quarterly 58 (3), Autumn 2002: 33-56.

Opinion Pieces in The New York Times, The Guardian, PBS Need to Know, Huffington Post.

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Speaking engagements

Invited Plenary Lecture, “Emily Dickinson Unthought,” Digital Humanities: Past Accomplishments, Future Directions, A Symposium in Honor of N. Katherine Hayles, University of Uppsala, Sweden, Thursday, May 17, 2018.

Invited Plenary Lecture and Roundtable Discussions, “What Would Scooby Do? Military Animals and Affective Economies in Phil Klay’s “Redeployment.Cultures of Control – The Fourth Dialogues; Control: Beyond the Human: Colleen Boggs, Cary Wolfe, Ron Broglio, Frida Beckman. Bergsmannen, Aula Magna, Stockholm University. Stockholm, Sweden. Thursday, September 28, 2017.

Invited Plenary Lecture, "After Human Exceptionalism: Biopolitics in the Anthropocene." Summer Institute for American Studies. June 24, 2017.

Invited Lecture, “Emily Dickinson’s Civil War.” University of Bamberg, Germany. June 1, 2017.

Invited Plenary Lecture: “Hamilton and the Politics of Hope.” Bavarian American Academy Summer School: “Questions of the Archive.” Nuremberg, Germany. May 29, 2017.

Keynote: “’In pawn for liberty’: The Militarization of American Life, ca. 1863.” 10th Annual Nineteenth Century Day Colloquium: Overwhelming Pessimisms in the 19th Century.  Ithaca, NY: Cornell University.  March 24-25, 2017.

Distinguished Professor, “The United States between Transnationalism and Interculturality, the 20th and 21st centuries.” Research Colloquium at the Center for American Studies in Rome and the  Italian Association for North American Studies, in collaboration with the Fulbright Commission and the Embassy of the United States in Rome.

   Two lectures:

“American Studies: the transnational and global perspectives. Thursday, November 19, 2015.

America and World Literature in the 19th century.” Friday, November 20, 2015.

Keynote, "Imagining the Ideal Body” at Université de Montréal, Canada, March 12-13, 2015.

Invited Lecture and Post-Graduate Seminar, Home, Crisis and the Imagination (AHRC-funded Research Network:, Leeds Univ., U.K., March 9, 2015.

 Invited Speaker,  “Love Triangle With Dog: ‘Whym Chow,’ the ‘Michael Fields,’ and the Poetic Potential of Human-Animals’ Affective Bonds,” Animalities Symposium, Department of Literature,  Area Studies and European Languages, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo, Norway. November, 2015.

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Works in progress

Playing with My Food: Experimental Writing and the Invention of Modern Taste (monograph)