Emily Todd

Emily Todd

Emily Todd, Professor, Chair of the English Department

  Office: Bates 128, Office Hours
  Phone: (413) 572-5337
  Email: etodd@westfield.ma.edu



Emily Todd’s research focuses on nineteenth-century American literature, transatlantic literary studies, and publishing and reading history.  With Denise Kohn and Sarah Meer, Professor Todd edited a collection of essays Transatlantic Stowe: Harriet Beecher Stowe and European Culture (Iowa UP, 2006), and she has also published articles on the publishing and reading history of Walter Scott’s novels in nineteenth-century America.  She enjoys teaching courses in her research area as well as in all periods of American literature.  She has also taught several Composition courses, including a thematic course focused on writing about childhood and honors sections of both Composition I and II.  She is currently department chair, and she is also a member of the Association of Departments of English (ADE) Executive Committee.  Before becoming department chair, she served for many years as the coordinator of Westfield State’s Faculty Center, which she helped to establish in 2000.

  • Ph.D. in English, University of Minnesota, 1999
  • M. Phil in Scottish Literature, with distinction University of St. Andrews, 1991
  • B.A. in American Studies, magna cum laude, Amherst College, 1989
Courses Taught
  • English 101 - Composition I
  • English 102 - Composition II
  • English 105 - Honors Composition I
  • English 215 - Introduction to American Literature
  • English 216 - American Literature to 1865
  • English 217 - American Literature Since 1865
  • English 323 - American Novel
  • English 326 - Women Writers
  • Special topics and graduate courses in 19th-century American book history, American Romanticism, and early American autobiography

Edited Collection:

  • Transatlantic Stowe: Harriet Beecher Stowe and European Culture, eds. Denise Kohn, Sarah Meer, and Emily B. Todd (University of Iowa Press, 2006). 


  • “Establishing Routes for Fiction in the United States: Walter Scott’s Novels and the Early American Publishing Industry,” Book History 12 (2009).
  • “Afterword: The Woman’s Building Library and History.” Libraries and Culture 41.1 (Winter 2006): 153-161.
  • “Strategies for Teaching Elizabeth Ashbridge’s Narrative to Reluctant Readers.” Early American Literature 41 (July 2005).
  • “Antebellum Libraries in Richmond and New Orleans and the Search for Practices and Preferences of ‘Real’ Readers.”  American Studies 42.3 (Fall 2001): 195-209.
  • “Walter Scott and the Nineteenth-Century American Literary Marketplace: Antebellum Richmond Readers and the Collected Editions of the Waverley Novels.”  Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 93:4 (December 1999): 495-513.