Colleen Glenney Boggs

Academic Appointments
  • Parents Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities

  • Professor of English

Colleen Glenney Boggs is the Parents Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities. A scholar of nineteenth-century American literature, she has particular expertise in the literatures of the American Civil War, animal studies, transatlantic studies, literary theory and gender studies.  The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Mellon Foundation, she is the author of Patriotism By Proxy: The Civil War Draft and the Cultural Formation of Citizen-Soldiers, 1863-1865 (Oxford University Press, 2020), Animalia Americana: Animal Representations and Biopolitical Subjectivity (Columbia University Press, 2013) and Transnationalism and American Literature: Literary Translation 1773-1892 (Routledge, 2007; paperback 2009). Her work has appeared in American Literature, PMLA, Cultural Critique, and J19, among others. She edited the volume Options for Teaching the Literatures of the American Civil War (Modern Language Association, 2016). Together with Laura Doyle (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and Maria Cristina Fumagalli (University of Essex), she co-edits the book series Edinburgh Critical Studies in Atlantic Literatures and Cultures. Currently a member of the MLA Publications Committee, she has also served on the PMLA Editorial Board and as Director of the Leslie Center for the Humanities, where she developed an initiative in “medical humanities” that was the recipient of a CHCI/ Mellon Foundation research grant. Together with Professor Jennifer Lind (Government Department), she launched Dartmouth's Public Voices Program. Professor Boggs has presented her work broadly in national and international venues, including plenary lectures in Uppsala, Stockholm, Bamberg, Nuremburg, Leeds, Oslo, Montréal, and as Distinguished Professor at the Center for American Studies in Rome. She serves as co-director for Dartmouth's Summer Institute in American Studies. In 2019, she was elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society. She is currently launching a public humanities project (with Professors Carolyn Dever, Christie Harner, and Ivy Schweitzer): “There’s No Place Like Home: 19th Century Women Writers and the Opportunities of Home” addresses humanistic questions raised by the COVID pandemic.

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Contact

646-2301
206 Sanborn
HB 6032

Education

  • B.A. Yale University
  • M.A. University of Chicago
  • Ph.D. University of Chicago

Selected Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Invited Plenary Lecture, “Emily Dickinson Unthought,” Digital Humanities: Past Accomplishments, Future Directions, A Symposium in Honor of N. Katherine Hayles, University of Uppsala, Sweden, Thursday, May 17, 2018.

  • Invited Plenary Lecture and Roundtable Discussions, “What Would Scooby Do? Military Animals and Affective Economies in Phil Klay’s “Redeployment.Cultures of Control – The Fourth Dialogues; Control: Beyond the Human: Colleen Boggs, Cary Wolfe, Ron Broglio, Frida Beckman. Bergsmannen, Aula Magna, Stockholm University. Stockholm, Sweden. Thursday, September 28, 2017.

  • Invited Plenary Lecture, "After Human Exceptionalism: Biopolitics in the Anthropocene." Summer Institute for American Studies. June 24, 2017.

  • Invited Lecture, “Emily Dickinson’s Civil War.” University of Bamberg, Germany. June 1, 2017.

  • Invited Plenary Lecture: “Hamilton and the Politics of Hope.” Bavarian American Academy Summer School: “Questions of the Archive.” Nuremberg, Germany. May 29, 2017.

  • Keynote: “’In pawn for liberty’: The Militarization of American Life, ca. 1863.” 10th Annual Nineteenth Century Day Colloquium: Overwhelming Pessimisms in the 19th Century.  Ithaca, NY: Cornell University.  March 24-25, 2017.

  • Distinguished Professor, “The United States between Transnationalism and Interculturality, the 20th and 21st centuries.” Research Colloquium at the Center for American Studies in Rome and the  Italian Association for North American Studies, in collaboration with the Fulbright Commission and the Embassy of the United States in Rome.

       Two lectures:

    American Studies: the transnational and global perspectives. Thursday, November 19, 2015.

    America and World Literature in the 19th century.” Friday, November 20, 2015.

  • Keynote, "Imagining the Ideal Body” at Université de Montréal, Canada, March 12-13, 2015.

  • Invited Lecture and Post-Graduate Seminar, Home, Crisis and the Imagination (AHRC-funded Research Network: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/imagininghome), Leeds Univ., U.K., March 9, 2015.

  •  Invited Speaker,  “Love Triangle With Dog: ‘Whym Chow,’ the ‘Michael Fields,’ and the Poetic Potential of Human-Animals’ Affective Bonds,” Animalities Symposium, Department of Literature,  Area Studies and European Languages, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo, Norway. November, 2015.

Works In Progress

Playing with My Food: Experimental Writing and the Invention of Modern Taste (monograph)