Philip Gura


Greenlaw 426

William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture


My research interests range widely from the colonial era through the Civil war, in American literature and American Studies. Although I have written on a wide range of topics, including the history of American music, most recently I have returned to long-standing interests in American literature and religion.

In 2015 the University of North Carolina Press published his most recent work, The Life of William Apess, Pequot, the first biography of this important 19th century Native American intellectual and reformer. He is now at work on Panic: Romantic Reformers and the Coming of the Civil War, for Harvard University Press.

Teaching Awards

Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction, 2004



Research Groups and Interests

Group VI - American Literature to 1900