Karen Kilcup

Karen Kilcup

Email: klkilcup@uncg.edu
Office: MHRA 3314



Ph.D. Brandeis University
M.A. Brandeis University
M.A. University of New Hampshire
B.A. Wellesley College

Research Interests

The Elizabeth Rosenthal Excellence Professor of English, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, and Women’s & Gender Studies, Professor Kilcup has broad research and teaching interests in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature.  Her current research focuses on environmental literature, children’s literature, nineteenth-century American poetry, Native American literature, and women’s writing. Since 2016, she has been the editor of ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Excellence Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, 2014-2015
  • UNCG Senior Research Excellence Award, 2011-2012.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship, 2010-2011. Special recognition for advancing the goals of the We the People Project.
  • President, Society for the Study of American Women Writers, 2004-2010 (elected).
  • Edna and Jordan Davidson Eminent Scholar Chair in the Humanities, Florida International University, 2000. 
  • Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1996-97
  • Dorothy M. Healy Distinguished Visiting Professor of American Studies, Westbrook College, 1996.
  • Distinguished Teacher, The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and The National Education Association, 1987.  


Karen Kilcup’s Website 

ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture

Society for the Study of American Women Writers 

The Envious Lobster: A Collection of American Children’s Nature Writing, 1824-1923