B.A. Amherst College
William Gleason specializes in American literature and culture. His research and teaching interests range from the 18th century to the present, with particular emphasis on the late 19th/early 20th century, and include American Studies, African American and multiethnic U.S. literatures, material culture, popular culture, children’s literature, architecture, literature and environment, popular romance, and leisure. He is the author of The Leisure Ethic: Work and Play in American Literature, 1840-1940 (Stanford University Press, 1999) and Sites Unseen: Architecture, Race, and American Literature (New York University Press, 2011), which was named one of three runners-up for the 2011 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize for the Best Book in American Studies by the American Studies Association.
He teaches courses on American literary history, popular literature, children’s literature, place and environment, and sport and society. Recent graduate seminars include “The Rise of the Popular, 1790-1900,” “Archives of 19th-Century American Childhood,” “Architecture and 19th-Century American Literature,” and the English Department’s graduate seminar on pedagogy. In addition, he is affiliated with the Program in American Studies, the Center for African American Studies, the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Program in Environmental Studies, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, Rockefellor College, and the Varsity Baseball team, and the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities. He has been at Princeton since 1993.
William Gleason is professor and chair of the English Department.