Mary Kuhn

Mary Kuhn

Assistant Professor, English and Program in Environmental Thought and Practice; Director, Distinguished Majors Program

Bryan Hall 220

Office Hours: On leave Spring 2020.

19th C American, History of Science, Literature and the Environment

Ph.D. Boston University 2014
M.A. Boston University 2008
B.A. Yale University 2005
Selected Publications
“Dickinson and the Politics of Plant Sensibility,” ELH 85.1 (Spring 2018): 41-70.
“Loving the Plant that Saves You,” Common-place. 17.4 (Fall 2017)
“Garden Variety: Botany and Multiplicity in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Abolitionism,” American Literature, 87.3 (September 2015), 489-516. 
Selected Awards/Fellowships
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, MIT, 2015-2016
San Andreas Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2014
ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2013-2014
Recent Presentations:
"Chesnutt and the Turpentine Pine," C19 Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Biannual Conference, Albuquerque, NM, 2018.
"Structuring the Imagination Under the Banner of Science," History of Science Society (HSS), Toronto, CAN, 2017.
"Intelligent Plants: 19th-Century Botany and 21st-Century Politics," Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), Detroit, MI, 2017.
"Ice Out: Recycling Thoreau's Journals as Climate Change Data Sets," Modernist Studies Association (MSA), Pasadena, CA, 2016.
“Weeping in the Wild,” Call of the Wild Conference (Oxford/MIT), Cambridge MA, June 2016
“Learning from the Nineteenth-Century Garden,” part of the Beyond Thoreau: Rethinking Environmental Pedagogy seminar, C19 Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Biannual Conference, State College, PA, March 2016
“Dickinson and the Politics of Plant Life,” MLA, Austin, TX, January 2016
“Tunnels at Kew: The Industrial Roots of Botanical Empire,” ASLE, Moscow, ID, June 2015