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McCoy Professor
Nicole Livengood headshot
Office #
Thomas 216A
Ph.D.-American Literature, Purdue University (2007); MA-English, Purdue University (2002); BA-English, University of Minnesota, Morris (1999); BA-Political Science, University of Minnesota, Morris (1999)
Year Appointed
Courses - Fall
  • College Composition
  • Early American Novel
  • U.S. Literature I
Courses - Spring
  • Banned Books
  • College Composition
  • Methods of Literary Study

Research Interests
My current research project focuses on women’s bodies in nineteenth-century American sensational texts, especially trial reports. General research interests include nineteenth-century women authors, especially Elizabeth Stoddard, Julia Ward Howe, and Lydia Maria Child; slavery and literature; intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality; and disability studies.


“Freakery and the Discursive Limits of Be-ing in The Hermaphrodite.” Legacy: Women Writing Disability. 31.1 (2013): 40-61.

“The Female Body and ‘Sin[s] Against Convention’ in Elizabeth Stoddard’s Daily Alta California Newspaper Columns.” Studies in American Humor 3.24 (2011): 31-44.