Dr Joy Michelle Coghlan

Lecturer in American Literature

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J. Michelle Coghlan joined Manchester as a Lecturer in American Literature in September 2013, having previously taught as a post-doctoral lecturer at Princeton. She specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century American literature and culture. Recent work has appeared in Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, Arizona Quarterly, the Henry James ReviewMust Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers (eds. Sarah Churchwell and Thomas Ruys Smith), Transforming Henry James (eds. Anna De Biasio, Anna Despotopoulou, and Donatella Izzo), and The Pocket Instructor: Literature (eds. Diana Fuss and William Gleason). She guest edited "Tasting Modernism," the Winter 2014 special issue of Resilience.

Dr. Coghlan has acted as a grant assessor for the US-UK Fulbright Association, serves on the Academic Advisory Board affiliated with the Musée Franco-Américain du Château de Blérancourt and the Sussex Centre for American Studies. and is currently on the Steering Committee of the British Association of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, a UK-based organisation of researchers, teachers, writers, and cultural critics engaged in progressive, interdisciplinary scholarship concerning American writing in the long nineteenth century which sponsors lectures, reading groups, a biennial conference in the UK with invited speakers from the US and round the world. (http://www.branca.org.uk).

She teaches American Literature to 1900, an Introduction to American Studies seminar centered on Americans in Paris, and Occupy Everything, an M.A. and third-year seminar on revolution and radical memory in U.S. culture from OWS to the Haitian revolution. 


Ph. D. Princeton University

B.A. University of California, Berkeley


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