Department of English

O'Dowd Hall, Room 544
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3700
fax: (248) 370-4429

Andrea Knutson

A headshot of Andrea Knutson standing outside.

526 O'Dowd Hall
(248) 370-2258
Associate Professor

Ph.D. The Graduate Center, CUNY

Andrea Knutson is Associate Professor of English, specializing in early American literature and culture. She teaches courses in the Environmental Humanities and Indigenous Studies, early American women writers, literary histories of transgression and civil disobedience, and the American supernatural. Her scholarship focuses on plantation ecologies within the British empire and sovereign spaces within the plantation complex. She's working on a second book about the materialism and sovereignty of clay in plantation histories. She is a co-chair of the Native American Advisory Committee and member of the Women and Gender Studies Executive Committee.

“'The true temper of it': Combustibility and Emblematic Representation in Richard Ligon’s True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados.” Early American Literature 58.1, 2023.

“Scarcity and the Suburban Back Yard.” Edge Effects A Digital Magazine for the Center for Culture, History, and Environment, Sept. 1, 2020.

Co-editor with Anthony Lioi and Stephen Siperstein, “Roots of the Future.” Special issue of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities (Winter 2020).

Review of American Literature and the New Puritan Studies, Bryce Traister, ed. (Cambridge UP, 2017) American Literary History Online Review (Series XVII, January 2019).

Review of Knowing, Seeing, Being: Jonathan Edwards, Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, and the American Typological Tradition, by Jennifer L. Leader. Journal of Religion and Literature 49.3 (Spring 2018).

Co-editor with Kathryn Dolan, “Fugitive Environmentalisms.” Special issue of the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 49.1 (Spring 2016).

Review of Ralph Waldo Emerson in Europe: Class, Race, and Revolution in the Making of an American Thinker, by Daniel Koch. Journal of American Studies 47.3 (July 2013): E66 (2 pages).

American Spaces of Conversion: The Conductive Imaginaries of Edwards, Emerson, and James (Oxford UP, 2010).

American Antiquarian Society, 2020, Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship in Visual Culture

American Antiquarian Society, 2016 Center for Historic American Visual Culture Summer Seminar Fellowship, “Seeing Nature: The Environment in American Visual Culture to 1900” (Worcester, MA, July 10-15, 2016)