Emily Ogden

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

212 Bryan Hall

Office Hours: Mondays 11:45-1:45 (Zoom, https://virginia.zoom.us/j/9550051769), Wednesdays 11:30-12:30, and by appointment.
Class Schedule: Monday & Wednesday 2-3:15

19th C American, American

Please see www.emilyogden.net for updated information.


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2010
A.B., Harvard University, 2002



  • "Beyond Radical Enchantment: Mesmerizing Laborers in the Americas." Critical Inquiry 42.4 (Summer 2016): 815-41
  • "Edgar Huntly and the Regulation of the Senses." American Literature 85.3 (September 2013): 419-445.
  • "Pointing the Finger." J19 1.1 (Spring 2013): 166-72.
  • "Mesmer's Demon: Fiction, Falsehood, and the Mechanical Imagination." Early American Literature 47.1 (2012): 143-70.

Selected presentations:

  • Panel organizer, “New Ontologies,” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Biennial Meeting, March 17-21, 2016, State College, PA.  Paper presented: “Suspended: Fiction's Believers”
  • Organizer, "Credulity: Enchantment and Modernity in the Nineteenth-Century U. S.," a conference at the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, March 29-30, 2013 (http://heymancenter.org/events/credulity/)
  • "Enchanted Criticism: A Roundtable," Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, February 22, 2013
  • "Feathered Souls: Antebellum Mesmerism and the Skeptical Flight of Fancy," Religion in America Seminar, Columbia University Seminars, February 5, 2013
  • "With Spirits, All Things Are Possible: Fraud and the Otherworldly," C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Biennial Conference, Berkeley, CA, April 12-15, 2012
  • "Interiority by Subplot: Brown's Edgar Huntly and the Impossible Subject," Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 3-5, 2011

Selected awards:

  • Cory Family Teaching Award, 2015
  • Columbia Society of Fellows Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2010-2013
  • Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship, 2006-2010
  • American Philosophical Society Resident Research Fellowship, 2009