Danielle Skeehan

  • Associate Professor of English and Comparative American Studies
  • Director, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Program
  • Chair of English


  • BA, Boston University, 2003
  • MA, Mills College, 2006
  • PhD, Northeastern University, 2013


Danielle Skeehan is an interdisciplinary scholar of the early global Atlantic world with research and teaching interests in media and material culture studies, print history, settler colonialism, and empire. She is the author of The Fabric of Empire: Material and Literary Cultures of the Global Atlantic (Johns Hopkins University Press 2020). Her work has also appeared in journals including Early American Studies, The Journal of the Early Republic, Eighteenth-Century Theory and Interpretation, and The Appendix, and in a number of edited volumes. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and she has been a research fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the John Carter Brown Library, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Clements Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Skeehan teaches classes in English and Comparative American Studies on a range of topics including material culture, foodways, archives, and global Atlantic print and literary cultures.

Spring 2024

Acquired Taste: Literature and Colonial American Foodways — ENGL 293
American Gothic — ENGL 343
Senior Capstone — GSFS 400
English Honors I — ENGL 452
GSFS Capstone — GSFS 999

Fall 2024

Introduction to Food Studies — FOOD 101
American Gothic — ENGL 343
Senior Capstone — GSFS 400
English Honors I — ENGL 452


Pens and Needles

December 7, 2020

Students in Associate Professor Danielle Skeehan’s Early American Media and Identity course aren’t just bringing laptops and books to class. Required materials include Band-Aids, scissors, needle threaders, and kitchen sponges.

This Week in Photos: Beautiful Artistry

November 19, 2020

A display of artwork by Studio Art seniors is shown to President Carmen Twillie Ambar. Her walk through Robert D. Baron ’64 Art Gallery was accented by sculptures and vibrant multimedia pieces. This visit is just one of the images featured in this week’s photo series.