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Elizabeth McKinsey

Elizabeth McKinsey

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Elizabeth McKinsey teaches in both English and American Studies.  Her scholarship has focused on 19th century American literature, art, and culture; 20th century Southern literature; and issues in liberal education.  She also teaches courses on the Midwest in literature and art, Writing about America & Globalization, and James & Wharton.  She was Dean of the College at Carleton from 1989 to 2002, and taught previously at Harvard University and Bryn Mawr College.  Degrees:  Harvard-Radcliffe A.B., Harvard Ph.D.

American Studies

A.B. in American History and Literature, Radcliffe College; Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization, Harvard University

With a joint appointment in English and American Studies, Beth’s teaching interests include American literature, art history, and cultural history, with particular focus on landscape, place, and ideas of regional or national identity.  Courses she teaches include “Placing American Identities,” “The Midwest in the American Imagination,” “Writing about America and Globalization,” “Literature of the American South,” and “The American Sublime.”  Her research has been primarily on 19th century America; she is the author of Niagara Falls: Icon of the American Sublime and articles and reviews on Transcendentalism, Southern literature, American landscape painting, and tourism.  She came to Carleton in 1989 as Dean of the College, after holding faculty and administrative positions at Harvard University and Bryn Mawr College; she’s been a fulltime faculty member here since 2003.

Profile updated October 14, 2016

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