Nicole Livengood

McCoy Professor
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
  • U.S. Literature I
  • Banned Books
  • Representative American Writers I
  • College Composition


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.

Recent Publications
“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.