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  • 1984 PhD English, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • 1982 MA English, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • 1978 BA English, Santa Clara University.



The granddaughter of Polish immigrants, Jeanne Moskal is a Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has authored Blake, Ethics, and Forgiveness; edited Mary Shelley’s travel books for the definitive edition of that author’s works; and co-edited Teaching British Women Writers, 1750-1900. For thirteen years she edited the Keats-Shelley Journal, the journal of record for second-generation Romantic writers. Her book-in-progress, “Secularization & Jane Eyre, 1930-2000,” identifies, for the first time, a tradition of novels based on the premise that Charlotte Brontë’s heroine (or a recognizable facsimile of her) accepted the missionary suitor rather than the aristocratic roué. Moskal shows that, in the aggregate, these novels did the cultural work of shoring up the twentieth-century secularization thesis during eras when Christian fundamentalists were especially vocal in challenging it. An award-winning mentor of graduate students, Jeanne Moskal co-curated, with her Spring 2018 undergraduates, graduate student Grant Glass, and librarians Emily Kader and Rachel Reynolds, the fully-mounted exhibit, “Reconstructing Frankenstein’s Monster: Mary Shelley & Her World in Print,” displayed at UNC’s Wilson Library during Summer 2018: 

To date, Prof. Moskal has supervised 13 dissertation students, nine of whom have earned tenure or have landed tenure-track positions. Their dissertation titles and current positions are listed below.

  • Suzanna Geiser, J.D., “Legal Fictions, Literary Narrative, & Historical Truth: The Eighteenth-Century Jurisprudence of Marriage” (2018); co-directed with James Thompson.
  • Jena Al-Fuhaid, “Feminine-Centered History & the ‘Good Cause’ in Mary Shelley’s Perkin Warbeck” (2014); Assistant Professor, Kuwait U, Kuwait.
  • Emily Brewer, “A Lady Novelist & the C18 Book Trade: Charlotte Smith’s Letters to her Publisher” (2013); founder & owner of Legacy Books.
  • Kristen Lacefield, “The Guillotine, Mary Shelley’s Novels, & Modern Horror Films” (2013); Lecturer, Texas Christian U, Fort Worth, TX.
  • Sarah Marsh, “The Regency Novel & the British Constitution: Jane Austen, Mary Brunton, & Mary Shelley” (2013); Lecturer, American U, Washington, DC.
  • Rebecca Nesvet, “The Vanishing Voyager & the Emerging Outsider, 1818-1900” (2013); Associate Professor, U of Wisconsin, Green Bay.
  • Kathleen Béres Rogers, “Medical Poems & Romantic Disciplinarity” (2006); Associate Professor, C of Charleston, SC.
  • Amy Weldon, “Reasonable Bodies: Enlightened Dissent & the Feminine in Mary Wollstonecraft, Anna Barbauld, & Mary Hays” (2005); Professor, Luther C, Decorah, IA.
  • Diana Edelman, “The Rage of the Womb: The Obstetrical Crisis in Gothic Romanticism” (2004); Associate Professor, U of North Georgia, Gainesville, GA.
  • Sharon Joffe, “The Kinship Coterie: Family & Authorship in Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, & Claire Clairmont” (2004); Assistant Professor, Lamar U, Beaumont, TX.
  • The Rev. Rick Incorvati, “Sympathy & the Social Order: The Politics of Emotional Relationships, Hume to Wordsworth” (2001); Professor, Wittenberg U, Springfield, OH, and Deacon, Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio.
  • Julie Straight, “British Women Writers & the Bible’s Authority, 1801-1823” (2000); Associate Professor, Northwest Nazarene U, Nampa, ID.
  • Elizabeth Dolan, “The Geography of Melancholy: Depression & Healing in British Women Writers, 1785-1845” (1999); Associate Professor, Lehigh U, Bethlehem, PA.


  • Volume editor of Travel Writing, vol. 8 in The Novels & Selected Works of Mary Shelley, 8 vols., gen. ed. Nora Crook (Pickering & Chatto, 1996).
  •  “Mary Shelley’s Travel Writings,” Cambridge Companion to Mary Shelley, ed. E. Schor (Cambridge UP, 2003), pp. 242-58.
  • “Speaking the Unspeakable: Art Criticism in Shelley’s Rambles,” in Wollstonecraft & Shelley: Writing Lives, ed. H. Buss et al (W. Laurier UP, 2001), pp. 189-216.
  • “Napoleon, Nationalism, & the Politics of Religion in Starke’s Letters from Italy,” in Rebellious Hearts: Women Writers & the French Revolution, ed. K. Lokke & A. Craciun (SUNY P, 2000), pp. 161-90.
  • “‘To speak in Sanchean phrase’: Cervantes & the Politics of Shelley’s Six Weeks’ Tour,” in Mary Shelley in her Times, ed. B. Bennett & S. Curran (Johns Hopkins UP, 2000), pp. 18-37.
  • “The Picturesque & the Affectionate in Mary Wollstonecraft’s Letters from Norway,” Modern Language Q 52 (1991), 263-94.
  • “English National Identity in Starke’s Sword of Peace,” in Women in British Romantic

Teaching Awards

  • 2016 University Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement (UNC’s highest teaching award).
  • 2013 Carolina Women’s Leadership Council’s Award for Graduate-Student Mentoring.


  • 2014 Mellon Foundation’s Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop.
  • 2007 American Council of Learned Societies Course Development Grant.
  • 2005/06 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers.
  • 2003, Scholar-in-Residence, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.


Courses Taught:

  • English 081 (First-Year Seminar) Jane Eyre & Its Afterlives
  • English 087 (First-Year Seminar) Jane Austen Then & Now
  • English 127 Writing About Literature
  • English 145 Science Fiction/Fantasy/Utopia
  • English 437 British Romantic Period
  • English 438 Nineteenth-Century Women Writers
  • English 841 Seminar on Romanticism in England (Mary Shelley)
  • English 861 Seminar in Literary & Cultural Theory (Post-Secularism)

Curriculum Vitae / Resume