Elif S. Armbruster, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of English

Phone: 617-994-6437
Fax: 617-305-1744
Email: earmbruster@suffolk.edu
Office: 8050, 8th Floor, 73 Tremont Street


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

Research Interests

  • American Realism (1870-1920)
  • American Domestic Architecture (especially late 19th/early 20th century)
  • Women’s Literature

Selected Publications


Closer Than Blood: The Intertwined Lives of Edith Wharton, Minnie Jones, and Beatrix Farrand [In Progress]

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

Introductions to Trade Edition Classics 

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

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

Reference Entries 

"From Laura Esquivel to Suzan Colon: Food and Female Identity in Fact and Fiction." Published January 11, 2013 at: http://americanstudier.blogspot.com/2013/01/january-11-2013-american-homes-elif.html

Book Reviews

Nineteenth Century Studies, Published December 2013 on Live website: http://english.selu.edu/ncs/LocoMotion.php

Henry Goings: Ramblings of a Runaway Slave (UVA Press, 2012) Journal of Popular Culture, March 2011.

Rebecca Jo Plant: MOM: The Transformation of Motherhood in Modern America (2010)

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
SF-148 No Place Like Home: The American Home as a Cultural Symbol
WGS-111 Introduction to Women's Studies