Danielle Skeehan

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


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


My research focuses on American and transatlantic literature of the long eighteenth century. I take a broad view of what we mean when we say “American literature,” questioning both the geographic confines of the “Americas” as well as what constitutes “literary” production. For instance, the goal of my current book project, The Fabric of Early Atlantic Letters, is to think about the different media people used to communicate, tell stories, and negotiate relationships with others. Images, songs, and material artifacts—in addition to the written word—have the capacity to incorporate their makers and users into social worlds.

In my teaching I am also committed to reading literature in its transnational and global contexts, and I regularly seek to expand the traditional parameters of the literature classroom. Through visits to the archive, we consider texts in their original form and, moving beyond text, we think about how we may read a variety of early Atlantic objects and aesthetics, ranging from women's needlework and woven baskets to sea shanties and soundscapes.

Teaching interests include: Atlantic literature to 1900; gender and sexuality; material culture; book history; media studies. 

Spring 2022

Pens and Needles: Gender and Media in Early America — ENGL 253
American Gothic — ENGL 343
Senior Capstone — GSFS 400

Fall 2022

Acquired Taste: Literature and Colonial American Foodways — ENGL 293


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.