Elif S. Armbruster, PhD




Associate Professor
Department of English

On Sabbatical Spring 2014

Phone: 617-994-6437
Fax: 617-305-1744
Email: earmbruster@suffolk.edu
Office: Fenton Building, Rm. 330A


  • PhD, Boston University
  • MA, University of Southern Maine
  • BA, Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges (English and French)

Research Interests

  • American Realism (1870-1920)
  • The “International” Novel
  • American Domestic Architecture (especially late 19th/early 20th century)
  • American Consumer Culture
  • Studies in the American Dream
  • Women’s Literature
  • African-American Literature
  • Latino/a Literature in English
  • Memoir


Domestic Biographies: Stowe, Howells, James, and Wharton at Home. New York: Peter Lang, 2011.

Work in Progress

Closer Than Blood: Edith Wharton, Mary Cadwalader Jones, and Beatrix Farrard


"Introduction," "Notes," "Based upon the Book," and "Chronology;" Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852). Reprint; New York: Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2012.

“Introduction,” Edith Wharton, Summer (1917). Reprint; New York: Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2006.

Book Reviews

Journal of Popular Culture, December, 2008
Mary Ann Mason & Eve Mason Ekman: Mothers on the Fast Track: How a New Generation Can Balance Family and Careers (2008).

Journal of Popular Culture, February, 2006
Dolores Hayden: Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000 (2003).

Journal of Popular Culture, August, 2004
Lisa Botshon and Meredith Goldsmith: Middlebrow Moderns: Popular American Women Writers of the 1920s (2003).

Journal of Popular Culture, May, 2004
Christopher Byron: Martha, Inc.: The Incredible Story of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (2002) and Jerry Oppenheimer: Just Desserts—Martha Stewart: The Unauthorized Biography (1997).

Professional Activities

New England American Studies Association

  • President, 2013-2014
  • Vice President, 2012-2013
  • Treasurer, 2010-2012
  • Council Member, 2008-present

Nineteenth-Century Studies Association

  • Emerging Scholars Committee, 2011-2013 (Chair)
  • Board Member, 2013-present

Courses Taught

ENG 101 - Freshman English I
ENG 102 - Freshman English II
ENG 216 - World Literature in English
ENG 217 - American Literature I: 1492-1865
ENG 301 - Gateway Seminar for Majors: Edith Wharton in Life and Literature
ENG 353 - Dwelling in American Realism
ENG 380 - James and Wharton
ENG 387 - Women Writers                                                                                                                                  
ENG 424 - House of Wits: William, Henry, and Alice James
ENG 525H - Honors Seminar: Latina Literature                                                                                          
AMST 111 - Introduction to American Studies
WGS 111 - Introduction to Women's Studies                                                                                                    
SF 148 - No Place Like Home: The American Home as a Cultural Symbol