Leslie Eckel, PhD

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


On Sabbatical 2014-2015

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
  • Theories of cosmopolitanism and globalism


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

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

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

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

"Gender." Ralph Waldo 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).

Courses Taught

ENG-101 Freshman English I
ENG-102 Freshman English II
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-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