Allison Giffen, PhD

she/her, Professor


A specialist in Early and nineteenth-century U.S. literature, her research focuses on women writers, childhood studies, popular literature, and disability studies. She has published in such journals as Legacy, Women’s Studies, American Transcendental Quarterly, and Early American Literature. She is currently the co-editor of Critical Childhood Studies: A Long 19C Digital Humanities Project, and has co-edited to two collections, Jewish First Wife, Divorced: The Correspondence of Ethel Gross and Harry Hopkins and most recently Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature. She is currently at work on a monograph titled, Afflicted Girls and Arrested Boys: Disability, Race, and the Representation of Childhood in Post-Reconstruction America.

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture
  • Critical Childhood Studies
  • Disability Studies
  • U.S. Women Writers