Dr. John Easterbrook

John Easterbrook

Assistant Professor

English Major Advisor

Office:  Bldg. 47-35N
Phone: 805-756-1223
E-mail: jeasterb@calpoly.edu


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Ph.D.  English & American Literature, New York University
M.A.   English & American Literature, New York University
B.A.    English & World Literature (Phi Beta Kappa), Manhattan College

Teaching and Research Interests

American Literature and Culture to 1830
Environmental Humanities
Travel Writing
Literature and Science


“Cosmopolitanism and Adriaen van der Donck’s A Description of New Netherland.” Early American Literature, vol. 49, no.1, 2014, pp. 3-36.

Selected Conference Presentations

Chair and Commentator, "Roundtable: Altered Ecologies, Evolving Literary Forms."  The Society of Early Americanists Tenth Biennial Conference. Tulsa, OK. March 2, 2017.

"William Byrd, Mark Catesby, and the Natural History of the World-Ecology." The Society of Early Americanists Tenth Biennial Conference.  Tulsa, OK. March 2, 2017.

Chair and Commentator, “Environment and Agency in Early America.” Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture/Society of Early Americanists Joint Conference. Chicago, IL. June 18, 2015.

“Caribbean Contagion, Agency, and the Problem of Jeffersonian Agrarianism in the Early American Novel.” Recording Nature in the Early Atlantic World, 1750-1830. Charles Brockden Brown Society Biennial Conference. Tampa, FL. October 10, 2015.

“The Fertility of the Earth: Mercantilism as Ecological System.” Transatlantic Ecologies: Utopia to Zoonomia. The Early Modern Center. University of California. Santa Barbara, CA. May 17, 2014.

“Deforestation and the Ecology of Colonial Promotional Literature.” The Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference. Savannah, GA. February 28, 2013.

Fellowships, Honors & Awards

Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in English, New York University 
Millicent Bell Fellowship, Department of English, New York University
Tuttleton Fellowship, Department of English, New York University
Donald Carty Valedictory Medal, Manhattan College
Joseph L. McGoldrick Medal for English and World Literature, Manhattan College

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
Charles Brockden Brown Society
Modern Language Association
Society of Early Americanists

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