Derek Pacheco

Derek Pacheco

Associate Professor // English

Affiliated Faculty // American Studies // SIS

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Nineteenth-Century American Literature; Children’s & YA Literature

Derek Pacheco (Ph.D. at UCLA, 2006) is Associate Professor in English at Purdue. His research and teaching interests include: nineteenth-century literature; children’s & young adult literature; print culture and book history; race, class, and gender in nineteenth-century literature.  

Prof. Pacheco teaches a range of courses including introduction to literary theory, literary genre studies, literary historical surveys, career development, and more. Courses taught include Ways of Reading; YA Lit; Literature for Children; Beyond English (career capstone); American Literature to 1865; Gender and Literature; Antebellum American Literature; Later Nineteenth-Century American Literature; Teaching Literature at the College Level; and Scholarly Writing & Publishing.

Accolades include the English Department’s “Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award” for 2011-19 and “Excellence in Graduate Teaching Awards” for 2013-2017. He also received the English department’s “Overall Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award” for 2013, the College of Liberal Arts’ “Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award” for 2015, the Kenneth T. Kofmehl Award, the College of Liberal Arts’ highest honor for undergraduate instruction, in 2016; and the Charles B. Murphy Undergraduate Teaching Award, Purdue’s highest undergraduate teaching honor, in 2019.

Finally, Prof. Pacheco is the faculty director of the English Department’s “Big Read,” a community engagement program designed to enrich the Greater Lafayette area through reading literature.


“’Funny Queer Fits’: Masculinity and Desire in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit,” forthcoming in Children’s Literature Quarterly.

“Hawthorne and the American Revolution.” Hawthorne in Context, edited by Monika Elbert, Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp. 35-45.

“Engendering Fantasy in Romantic Children’s Fiction.” Romantic Education in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, edited by Monika Elbert and Lesley Ginsberg, Routledge, 2015, pp. 211-228. 

Moral Enterprise: Literature and Education in Antebellum America. The Ohio State University Press, 2013. Paperback reissue – July 2017.

“‘Dwarves and Hobgoblins’: Hawthorne, Gothic Children’s Literature, and A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys,” Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, volume 38, number 2fall 2012, pp. 47-71.

"‘Vanished Scenes…Pictured in the Air’: Hawthorne, Indian Removal, and The Whole History of Grandfather’s Chair,” Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, volume 36, number 1, spring 2010, pp. 186-211.

"‘Disorders of the Circulating Medium’: Hawthorne’s Early Children’s Literature," ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, volume 53, number 3, fall 2007, pp. 282-319.

Special Issue of Journal Edited

Demson, Michael and Derek Pacheco, eds. Transatlanticism and The Blithedale Romance. Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, volume 42, number 1, spring 2017. 

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