Leslie Eckel, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of English
Honors Coordinator in English
Co-Director, Honors Major in History and Literature


Phone: 617-994-6436
Fax: 617-305-1744
Email: leckel@suffolk.edu
Office: Fenton Building, Rm. 332


  • PhD, Yale University
  • MPhil, University of Oxford
  • BA, Harvard University

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth-century American literature
  • Transatlantic studies
  • African American literature and the Black Atlantic
  • Theories of cosmopolitanism and globalism
  • Literature and the professions (especially journalism, editing, public lecturing, and education)
  • Literary utopias and countercultures


Atlantic Citizens: Nineteenth-Century American Writers At Work in the World. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013.  

Journal Issue

“Boston and the New Atlantic World.” Ed. with Joel Pace. Special issue of Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations 15.1 (2011).

Essays and Book Chapters

"Oceanic Mirrors: Atlantic Literature and the Global Chaosmos." Atlantic Studies (2014): forthcoming.

"Radical Innocence: Margaret Fuller's Utopian Rome." Transatlantica (2014): forthcoming.

"Gender." Emerson in Context. Ed. Wesley T. Mott. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 188-195.

"The test of salt water': New Models for Transatlantic Studies." Co-authored with Joel Pace. Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations 15.1 (2011): 3-16.

"Longfellow’s Dantean Imagination and the Volume of the World.” Dante Studies 128 (2010): 149-161.

Reading with Wonder: Encounters with Moby-Dick.” Common-place 10.2 (2010).

“Margaret Fuller’s Conversational Journalism: New York, London, Rome.” Arizona Quarterly 63.2 (2007): 27-50.

“‘Symbols Mystical and Awful’: Longfellow’s and Emerson’s Primitive Poetics.” ESQ 52.1-2 (2006): 45-74.

“Empire of the Muse: American Encounters with Wordsworth.” Literature Compass 1 (2004).

Work in Progress

Dwelling in Possibility: Atlantic Utopias and Countercultures (monograph).

The Edinburgh Companion to Atlantic Literary Studies, ed. with Clare Elliott and Andrew Taylor (essay collection). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016. 

Professional Activities

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Society
    Book Review Editor, Emerson Society Papers, 2013-present
    Program Chair, 2011-2013
    Advisory Board Member, 2008-2010
  • Co-organizer with Joel Pace of the 7th Biennial Symbiosis Conference: “Boston and the New Atlantic World,”  Suffolk University, June 2009 - http://blogs.cas.suffolk.edu/symbiosis2009/
  • Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations
    Advisory Board Member, 2009-present
  • Margaret Fuller Society
    Advisory Board Member, 2008-2010

Courses Taught

ENG 101 - Freshman English I
ENG 102 - Freshman English II
ENG 216 - World Literature in English
ENG 217 - American Literature I: Beginnings to 1865
ENG 301 - Gateway Seminar for Majors: American Literary Genealogies
ENG 301 - Gateway Seminar for Majors: Transcendentalist Circles
ENG 352 - Global American Literature
ENG 354 - Hawthorne, Melville, and Stowe
ENG 356 - Whitman and Dickinson
ENG H524 - Honors Seminar: Literary Utopias and Dystopias
Seminar for Freshmen 188 - Travel, Exile, and the Literary Imagination
Women's and Gender Studies 111: Women, History, and Culture