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: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 8052


  • 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
  • Utopian Literary Studies


The Edinburgh Companion to Atlantic Literary Studies, ed. with Clare Elliott. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.

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

"Crosscurrents of Black Utopianism: Martin R. Delany's and Frederick Douglass's Countercultural Atlantic." The Edinburgh Companion to Atlantic Literary Studies. Ed. Leslie Eckel and Clare Elliott. Edinburgh University Press, 2016 (forthcoming)

"Radical Innocence: Margaret Fuller's Utopian Rome." Transatlantica (2015).

"Oceanic Mirrors: Atlantic Literature and the Global Chaosmos." Atlantic Studies 11.1 (2014): 128-144.

"Gender." Ralph Waldo Emerson in Context. Ed. Wesley T. Mott. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 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).

Work in Progress

Dwelling in Possibility: Atlantic Utopias and Countercultures.

"Emerson's Transatlantic Networks." Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ed. Mark Long and Sean Ross Meehan. New York: Modern Language Association, 2017 (forthcoming).

"Oratory." Walt Whitman in Context. Ed. Joanna Levin and Edward Whitley. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).

Courses Taught

WRI-101 First-Year Writing I
WRI-102 First-Year Writing II
ENG-155 Young Adult Literature
ENG-216 World Literature in English
ENG-217 American Literature I
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-424/H524 Utopias and Dystopias
ENG 510 Independent Study in English
SF-188 Travel, Exile, and the Literary Imagination
SF-1148 Brave New Worlds
WGS-111 Women, History, and Culture
WRI-H103  Advanced First-Year Writing