Michael Boyden

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at Department of English

+4618-471 1005
Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 L

Postal address:
Box 527
751 20 Uppsala

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Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of American literature at the English Department

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I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of American literature at Uppsala University, where I have worked since 2013 (promotion to docent in 2014). Prior to my appointment at Uppsala, I was an Assistant Professor at Ghent University, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leuven, a fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington DC, and a Fulbright scholar at Harvard University. I received my undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Leuven in a program that included periods of study at Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Edinburgh and the University of British Columbia. In Spring 2015, I was a Visiting Scholar in Residence at Dartmouth College and in Spring 2019 I worked at the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University.

At Uppsala University, I specialize predominantly in early and nineteenth-century American literature. Most of my research falls within the domains of comparative revolutions, the environmental humanities, and literary multilingualism. My first book Predicting the Past (Leuven UP, 2009) was inspired by Luhmann’s systems theory and focused on the disciplinary genealogy of American literary history from the 1870s up until the late twentieth century. I now have a new book project underway, funded by the Swedish Research Foundation, which deals with the intersections of aesthetic theory and climatic reflexivity in American literature in the period 1780-1850.

I have published articles in journals such as Early American Literature, Comparative American Studies, Leviathan, Western American Literature, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Revue française d’Etudes américaines, Prooftexts, Orbis Litterarum, and Studia Neophilologica. I have contributed to such volumes as the New Literary History of America (Harvard UP, 2009) and have edited several special issues and a collaborative volume (with Hans Krabbendam and Liselotte Vandenbussche) entitled Tales of Transit (Amsterdam UP, 2013). At the moment, I am working (with Elizabeth Amann) on a volume about Atlantic revolutionary movements in the period 1750-1850.

I am the founding editor of the Review of International American Studies, the online journal of the International American Studies Association. I am also a founding member of the U4 Network Reverberations of Revolution (with partners from the universities of Ghent, Groningen, and Göttingen).

I welcome applications from students wishing to pursue a Ph.D. related to (but not limited to) any of the above-mentioned research areas.


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