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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English and Creative Writing


  • 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.

  • Op-Eds

    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