Leslie McAbee


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I am a nineteenth-century Americanist scholar with an interest in popular and material culture, particularly that which grapples with foreign presences--of people, nonhuman animals, and objects--in the American imaginary. My dissertation examines representations of exoticized animals in mid to late century popular discourses. These alien animals, I argue, shaped and challenged American identity.

Teaching Awards

Peer Mentorship Award for Teaching Excellence in Teaching Composition – Selected by the Peer Mentorship Committee and based on a classroom observation and course design. Awarded 2015.

Ueltschi Course Development Grant - Competitive, merit-based, university-wide $1,500 grant available to both faculty and graduate students for development of a service-learning course. UNC-Chapel Hill. Awarded 2012.


Ph.D., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: expected winter 2017. 

M.A. English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Fall 2011

Thesis: “‘Under the same coverlid of Nature’: the Aesthetics of Mixture in the Imperial English Conscious in Behn’s Oroonoko

Director: Ruth Salvaggio

B.A. English and Romance Languages, Summa Cum Laude, University of Georgia, December 2006

Honors Thesis: “Melville’s Philosophical Qualms for Progress in Battle-Pieces”

Director: Kristin Boudreau

Research Groups and Interests

Group VI - American Literature to 1900