Ivy Schweitzer

Academic Appointments

Professor of English
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 documents by and about Samson Occom, an 18th century Mohegan writer and activist. I am currently doing a weekly blog about the year 1862 in the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson. The full-length film, "It's Criminal: A Tale of Prison and Privilege," that documents the course I co-teach in and about jails and drug rehabs, is now screening at festivals and universities around the country and the world.

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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

“What is Women’s and Gender Studies.” What Are the Arts and Sciences? A Guided Tour of the Liberal Arts, ed. Daniel Rockmore, University Press of New England, 2017.

Three poems in Clear Poetry 23 January 2017


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

“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.

 “Writing and Beyond in Indigenous North America: The Occom Network” in Indigenous Textual Cultures. Eds. Tony Ballantyne and Lachlan Paterson. The Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, forthcoming.