Donald E. Pease

Academic Appointments
  • Professor of English

  • Comparative Literature

  • The Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities

  • Chair of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program

I am an authority on 19th- and 20th-century American literature and literary theory and founder/director of the Futures of American Studies Institute. I have written numerous books, including most recently Theodor Seuss Geisel (2010), and over 100 articles on figures in American and British literature and am editor of The New Americanist series, which has transformed the field of American studies.


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

Selected Publications

  • Theodor Seuss Geisel, (Oxford University Press 2010)

  • New American Exceptionalism (University of Minnesota Press, 2009) — Nominated for the James Russell Lowell Prize at MLAp.

  • Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies, co-edited with Winfried Fluck and John Carlos Rowe in Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies 2011

  • “The Crisis of Critique in Postcolonial Modernity,” boundary 2 2010

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Works In Progress

  • American Studies after the New Americanists

  • Transnational American Studies in Theory and Practice

  • Re-Scripting the Korean War