Randall Fuller

Randall Fuller

Chapman Professor of EnglishZink Hall 315

My abiding interest is in nineteenth-century American literature and culture. In my first book I examined the uses to which Ralph Waldo Emerson was put by cultural critics during the century following his death. My next book was a group biography of American writers during the Civil War. Currently I am at work on a study that examines the way Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was received by a cluster of American intellectuals in the year before the Civil War began.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. in English, Washington University in St. Louis 1999
  • M.A. English, Washington University in St. Louis 1995 
  • B.A. in English Literature, University of Missouri 1986  

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Nineteenth-century American literature and culture
  • Science and literature
  • Intellectual history

Areas of Research Focus

  • Darwinian science
  • The American Civil War
  • Transcendentalism

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Professor, Drury University 2011
  • Faculty, Dartmouth Institute of American Studies, Summer 2008
  • Associate Professor, Drury University 2005
  • Assistant Professor, Drury University 1999 

Professional Affiliations

  • Modern Language Association
  • American Studies Association
  • American Literature Association
  • Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Courses Taught at TU

  • Major American Writers (ENGL 2313)
  • Special Topics: American Literature (ENGL 8193)

Awards & Recognition

  • Guggenheim Fellow, 2014-2015
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2014
  • 2011 Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Book Award
  • Director, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers (Wilson’s Creek Battlefield), Summer 2010.
  • Research Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2007-08.
  • Richard Beale Davis Award for Best Article Published in 1999 by Early American Literature (presented by the MLA Division of American Literature before 1800).


  • When Darwin Came to America
    Viking Press, forthcoming.
  • "The Civil War and the American Reniassance"
    in The Cambridge History of American Civil War Literature, Cambridge UP, forthcoming.
  • Critics: 1945-2012
    in Emerson in Context, ed. Wesley T. Mott, Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature
    Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • The Business of Reflection: Hawthorne in His Notebooks
    co-edited with Robert Milder, Ohio State University Press, 2009.
  • Emerson’s Ghosts: Literature, Politics, and the Making of Americanists
    Oxford University Press, 2007; paperback, 2010.