J. Michelle Coghlan

J. Michelle Coghlan


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Grants and Fellowships

Research Assistance Award, British Association for American Studies, 2023-4

William P. Heidrich Visiting Research Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2023-4

Social Responsibility Grant (“Re-imagining Motherhood Now”), University of Manchester, 2022-3

Travel Award, Modern Language Association, 2019-20

Arthur Miller Centre First Book Prize, British Association for American Studies, 2017

BAAS Founders' Award Research Travel Grant (2015)

AHRC/BBC 3 New Generation Thinkers Short List (2015-2016)

MLA Travel Grant (2015)

Social Responsibility in the Curriculum Grant, University of Manchester (2014-2015)

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia (2012-2013)

ACLS New Faculty Fellow Nomination, Princeton University (2012-2013)

Faculty Research Grant, Princeton University Tuck Fund (Summer 2012)

Quin Morton Teaching Fellowship, Princeton University (2010-2011)

PIIRS Dissertation Writing Grant, Princeton University (2009-2010)

Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship, Princeton University (2008-2009)


I earned my BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley and received my PhD in English and American Literature from Princeton University. I joined the Programme in American Studies at the University of Manchester in 2013, where I teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules on American literature to 1900, transnational radical memory and food studies.

I’m a founding member and current organizer of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century’s Americanists Abroad research cluster (https://www.c19society.org/americanistsabroad), and previously served on the Steering Committee of the British Association of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, a UK-based organisation of researchers, teachers, writers, and cultural critics engaged in progressive, interdisciplinary scholarship concerning American writing in the long nineteenth century which sponsors lectures, reading groups, a biennial conference in the UK with invited speakers from the US and round the world. (http://www.branca.org.uk).

I have also served as a grants assessor for the Paris Institute for Advanced Study (2019-2020), the US-UK Fulbright Association (2014-2018), and the John Rylands Research Institute (2014-2015).

Research interests

My research interests include nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature and culture, transnational American Studies, US radical memory, and the literary life of the senses.

My first book, Sensational Internationalism, recovered the Paris Commune's spectacular afterlife in late nineteenth and early twentieth century U.S. literary, visual, and performance culture (Edinburgh UP, 2016). It was awarded the 2017 Arthur Miller Centre First Book Prize in American Studies, and reviewed in American Literature, American Literary History, the Journal of Nineteenth Century American History, The Journal of American Studies, Symbiosis, Textual Practice, Review 19, Criticism, The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture and The New Americanist.

 I edited the Cambridge Companion to Food and Literature (Cambridge UP, 2020), and guest-edited the Autumn 2023 “Radical Henry James” special issue for the Henry James Review and the Winter 2014 “Tasting Modernism” special issue for Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities.

I’m currently at work on two projects. Louise Michel in America, under contract with Rutgers University Press, uncovers both the expansive influence that Michel had on late-nineteenth century American women radicals—in particular, Emma Goldman, Voltairine de Cleyre, Lucy Parsons, Angela Marietti, Ersilia Grandi and Ninfa Baronia—and her equally outsized presence in late-nineteenth-century US culture at large. My second project-in-progress, Culinary Designs, aims to chronicle the rise of food writing and the making of American taste in the long nineteenth century.


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