Donald E. Pease

Academic Appointments
  • Professor of English

  • Comparative Literature

  • The Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities

  • Chair of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program

  • Founding Director, Futures of American Studies Institute

My scholarship and teachingrange across a number of topics, periods, genres and styles from scholarship in 19th century American literature and modern American drama and an interpretive biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel, to more theoretical writing about national narratives, imperial stateexceptionalisms, bio-politics, comparative and transnational AmericanStudies, to edited volumes, special issues of academic journals, introductory editions, and nonacademicpolitical writing. Over the past 24 Summers I have directed the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth, an academic summer institute dedicated to presenting new work and critiquing the field of American Studies.

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Sanborn, Room 219
HB 6032


English and Creative Writing


Ph.D. University of Chicago

Selected Publications

  • .“Ahab’s Electromagnetic Constitution,” Ahab Unbound,Melville and the Materialist Turn, Eds., Meredith Farmer, Jonathan Schroeder (Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2022).

  • “The Après-Coup: President Trump’s Counter-Transference of Power,”Amerikastudien / American Studiesvolume 66, no. 1, 2021, Common Grounds? American Democracy after Trump, eds.Cedric Essi, Heike Paul, and Boris Vormann.

  • Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies, co-edited with Winfried Fluck and John Carlos Rowe in Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies 2011

  • "Donald Trump’s Settler-Colonist State: A New Era of Illiberal Hegemony?” Trump’s America: Political Culture and National Identity,ed. Liam Kennedy (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2020).

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Works In Progress

  • American Studies after the New Americanists

  • Transnational American Studies in Theory and Practice

  • Re-Scripting the Korean War