Amy Hamilton


M.A. & Ph.D., English Lit., University of Arizona
B.A., English & Women's Studies, Pomona College

Teaching and Research Interests
Early American literature
American Indian literature
Chicanx literature
Western American literature
Environmental literature and Ecocriticism
Gender and Sexuality studies

Amy Hamilton joined the English Department at Northern Michigan University in 2008 after earning her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.  Her scholarly work includes essays on American Indian women writers, Anglo-American captivity narratives, and U.S.  Southwest border literatures. Her monograph Peregrinations: Walking in American Literature was published by the University of Nevada Press in 2018. Engaging the methodologies of Material Ecocriticism, Native American Studies, and Feminist Studies, Peregrinations explores the trope and experience of walking in American texts from a cross-cultural perspective. She also co-edited a critical collection: Before the West was West: Critical Essays on Pre-1800 Literature of the American Frontiers (U of Nebraska P, 2014). This collection investigates a range of early literatures and poses new questions about “westernness” and its literary representation. Professor Hamilton’s recent courses at NMU include Native American Oral Traditions (EN 314), Literatures of the Southwest Borderlands (EN 490/570), American Literature II: Emergent National Voices, 1800-1865 (EN 371), and Ecocriticism and Environmental Justice (EN 595).

Recent Publications:

“‘This world that walks’: Cultural Destruction, Cultural Renewal, and Social Justice on the Trails of North American Indigenous Removal.” Walking, Landscape, and Environment, Eds. David Borthwick, Pippa Marland, and Anna Stenning. Forthcoming from Routledge Press.

“Gender, Affect, Environmental Justice, and Indigeneity in the Classroom.” Teaching Western American Literature. Eds. Brady Harrison and Randi Tanglen. Forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press.

“Climate and American Indian Literature.” Climate in American Literature and Culture. Ed. Michael Boyden. Forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

Peregrinations: Walking in American Literature. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2018.

Before the West was West: Critical Essays on Pre-1800 Literature of the American Frontiers. Amy T. Hamilton and Tom J. Hillard, eds. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014.