Department of English

O'Dowd Hall, Room 544
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2250
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Timothy Donahue

A head shot of Timothy Donahue

Assistant Professor of English
542 O’Dowd Hall

Timothy Donahue is a specialist in nineteenth-century U.S. literature and transnational American studies. He is currently at work on a book that explores the interrelations of literary form and political sovereignty in the borderlands of nineteenth-century North America. Other scholarly interests include U.S.-Latin American cultural relations, Indigenous and settler colonial studies, literature of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the history and theory of the novel.


M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. in English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University
M.A. in Humanities, University of Chicago
B.A. in English, Xavier University

Selected Courses

ENG 1500: Literature of Ethnic America
ENG 2100: Introduction to Literary Studies
ENG 2500: American Literature
ENG 3410: American Literature 1820-1865
ENG 3420: American Literature 1865-1920
ENG 3500: Borderlands: The North American West in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature
ENG 4980: Mark Twain, America, and the World
ENG 5200: Introduction to Graduate Studies
ENG 5904: Novel Theory and the Americas
ENG 6841: Realism in America


“Emerson, Martí, and a Cosmopolitanism for the Americas.” The Oxford Handbook of Ralph Waldo Emerson, edited by Christopher Hanlon, Oxford UP, forthcoming.

 “Melville’s Quixoticism and the Modern World-System,” Novel: A Forum on Fiction, forthcoming.

“The Apocalyptic Fury of the Civil War.” Apocalypse in American Literature and Culture, edited by John Hay, Cambridge UP, 2020, pp. 134-146.

“Styles of Sovereignty: Parataxis, Settler-Indigenous Difference, and the Transnationalisms of the Great Basin.” American Literary History, vol. 32., no. 1, 2020, pp. 22-45.

Invited Review of Hemispheric Imaginations: North American Fictions of Latin America, by Helmbrecht Breinig, and The Pan American Imagination, by Stephen M. Park. Journal of American Studies, vol. 53, no. 1, 2019, pp. 287-290.

“Joaquín’s Head: Theatrical Address, Public Punishment, and Novelistic Politics in the U.S.- Mexico Borderlands.” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, vol. 4, no. 2, 2016, pp. 391-417. (Winner of the 2017 Marian P. Wilson Award for Meritorious Article by Oakland University College of Arts and Sciences Faculty)