Nancy J. Peterson

  • Professor
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991

Department Information

American Studies // SIS // Faculty
English // Faculty
Womens Gender and Sexuality Studies // SIS // Faculty

Office Information

  • Office: HEAV 120B
  • Office Phone: (765) 494-3740
  • Office Fax: (765) 494-3780
  • Office Hours: Fall 2016: Wednesdays 1:30 to 3 p.m.
  • E-mail:
  • Specialization

  • American Literature

  • Research Areas:
    Contemporary American literature and culture, with a particular interest in multicultural literature and Native American studies, women's literature and feminist theory, and critical pedagogy. 

    Nancy J. Peterson, Professor of English and American Studies, focuses on contemporary American literature and culture in her research and teaching, with a particular interest in ethnic studies and multicultural literature.  She is the author of Beloved: Character Studies (Continuum, 2008) and Against Amnesia: Contemporary Women Writers and the Crises of Historical Memory (U of Pennsylvania P, 2001), and is the editor of Conversations with Sherman Alexie (UP of Mississippi, 2009) and Toni Morrison: Critical and Theoretical Approaches (Johns Hopkins UP, 1997).  She currently serves on the Purdue Advisory Board for Modern Fiction Studies, and has guest-edited or co-edited several special issues of the journal, including issues on "Toni Morrison" (2006 and 1993), "Racechange and the Fictions of Identity" (2003) and "Native American Literature" (1999).

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