Mary Loeffelholz

Professor of English, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
education Ph. D., 1986, English and American Literature
Yale University
Mailing address 110 CH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Mary Loeffelholz, a professor of English and the vice provost for academic affairs, earned her PhD from Yale University and has been a member of Northeastern’s faculty since 1988. She chaired the Department of English from 2001-2006, served as the associate dean for faculty affairs and director of the Graduate School in the College of Arts and Sciences from 2006-2007, and was special assistant to the president for academic affairs in 2007-2008. She was a member of the Faculty Senate Agenda Committee from 1992-1994 and has served in various leadership roles on the Faculty Senate and its committees, with a special emphasis on faculty development and academic leadership.  A distinguished scholar of American literature, Dr. Loeffelholz is the author of three scholarly books, most recently From School to Salon: Reading Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Poetry (Princeton University Press, 2004). She is the editor of Volume D: 1914-1945 of the latest edition of The Norton Anthology of American Literature and a two-term past Chair of the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association of America.

Selected Publications


From School to Salon: Reading Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Poetry. Princeton University Press, 2004.

Experimental Lives: Women and Literature, 1900-1945. New York: Twayne/MacMillan, 1992.

Dickinson and the Boundaries of Feminist Theory. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1991.

Chapter 3 reprinted as “Violence and the Other(s) of Identity: Dickinson and the Imaginary of Women’s Literary Tradition,” in Emily Dickinson: Critical Assessments, Vol. 4, 1980s-1990s, ed. Graham Clarke. Sussex, UK: Helm Information Ltd., 2003.

Excerpt from Chapter 3 reprinted in Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism: A Norton Reader, ed. Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar. New York: W. W. Norton, 2007.

Edited Volumes

With Martha Nell Smith, A Companion to Emily Dickinson. Malden: Blackwell Publishing, 2008. The Norton Anthology of American Literature, volume D, “Between the Wars.” New York: W. W. Norton, 7th ed., 2007. 8th edition, 2011.

Selected Honors & Awards

1999 Research and Scholarship Development Fund grant, Northeastern University

1993 Phi Kappa Phi, Northeastern University

1993 Instructional Development Fund Grant, Northeastern University (with Professor

Laura Frader, History and Women’s Studies)

1991 Junior Faculty Research Leave Grant, Northeastern University

1988 Cited in List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Students, University of Illinois

1988 Humanities Released Time Research Grant, University of Illinois

1984-85 University Fellow, Yale University

1983-84 Margaret and Mary Moody Fellow, Yale University

1982-83 Chauncey Brewster Tinker Fellow, Yale University

1979 Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University

Professional Associations & Affiliations

Emily Dickinson International Society

Modern Language Association

Northeast Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers Group