Ivy Schweitzer

Academic Appointments

Professor of English and Creative Writing
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Program

My fields of specialization are American literature, especially early American studies, women’s literature and culture, and feminist studies. I also work in digital humanities and public humanities. I am the editor of the Occom Circle, a digital edition of works by and about Samson Occom, an 18th century Mohegan Indian writer and activist, https://www.dartmouth.edu/~occom/, and co-producer of a full-length documentary film  It’s Criminal: A Tale of Prison and Privilege, https://www.facebook.com/ItIsCriminal/, based on the courses I co-teach in and about jails. In 2018, I blogged weekly about the year 1862 in the creative life of Emily Dickinson, https://journeys.dartmouth.edu/whiteheat/, and recently co-edited a collection of essays in honor of the Occom Circle titled Afterlives of Indigenous Archives. I am currently collaborating on a poetry manuscript entitled “Emily Dickinson in the 21st Century: Black Lives Matter!” and co-creating a public humanities website with pedagogical materials about 19th century women writers and domesticity titled "Home Works."

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Most recent honor:  Modern Language Association Division for American Literature Before 1800 and Society of Early Americanists Lifetime Achievement Award, February 2013.

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646-2930/802 649-2947
217 Sanborn
HB 6032
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
B.A. State University of New York at Buffalo
M.A. Brandeis University
Ph.D. Brandeis University

Selected Publications

“Sex, Gender, and Seduction in Early American Literature.” The Blackwell Companion to American Literature. Eds. Susan Belasco, Theresa Strouth Gaul, Linck Johnson, and Michael Soto, forthcoming.

“Reading Puritan Masculinity through Trans Theory.” Gender in American Literature and Culture. Eds. Jean M. Lutes and Jennifer Travis. Cambridge University Press, 2021: 66-81.

“Radical Unlearning: What Emily Dickinson Teaches US about Teaching.” Bulletin of The Emily Dickinson International Society, vol. 32, 2 (NovDec 2020): 12-15.


Friendship as Civic Democratic Practice” LA Review of Books April 2017
“Who Doesn’t Love a Wall?” LA Review of Books, July 2017

Works in progress

Emily Dickinson in the 21st Century: Black Lives Matter!  a collection of orginal poetry prompted by and responding to Dickinson, co-authored with Al Salehi

 "Home Works," a public humanities digital project, creating pedagogical materials about 19th century women and the resources of home, with Colleen Boggs, Carolyn Dever and Christie Harner.

"Dwelling in Possibility: Virtual Dickinson" project with Harriette Yahr