Dr. Emily VanDette

Dr. Emily VanDette
Dr. Emily VanDette
Associate Professor
Fenton Hall 259

Dr. VanDette is an Associate Professor in the English Department, where she sneaks her beagle, Charlie, into office hours, and teaches courses in American literature, women writers, and other topics. She is deeply interested in the transformative power of literature, and is especially dedicated to the recovery of socially conscious women authors of the 19th-century.

Teaching Interests

Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Women's Literature, Reform Literature, Animal Studies, Literary Theory

Research Interests

Nineteenth-Century American literary history, with a special focus on the recovery of women's literature. Current research focuses on the contributions of American authors to the early animal welfare movement in the U.S.

Professional Membership

  • Society for the Study of American Women Writers
  • Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society

Awards and Honors

  • Quarry Farm Fellowship (Center for Mark Twain Studies (2017).
  • Helen F. Faust Women Writers Research Travel Award (2013).
  • NEH Summer Stipend Award (2012).

Intellectual Contributions

  • "Trixy, by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps," Northwestern University Press (N/A).
  • "“Mark Twain’s Critique of Human Exceptionalism: Vivisection and the Descent of Man” in *Mark Twain and Philosophy,* ed. by Alan Goldman and Jacob Held," Rowman Littlefield (2017).