Ohio University Home Paul C. Jones

Sam and Susan Crowl Professor of English 

& Director of Graduate Studies

Department of English 

Ohio University 



Edgar Allan Poe

Fall 2016


English 5950: Introduction to English Studies
9:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. W, 203 Ellis Hall

Office Hours: 
10 am -12 noon M,  2-3 pm W, 1-2 Th, and by appointment
Contact Information:
Office: Ellis 369
Office phone: (740) 593-9868
E-mail: jonesp2@ohio.edu

E D E N Southworth


Frederick Douglass

Both my teaching and my research are focused primarily on American Literature.  I have taught a number of American literature courses at Ohio University and other institutions.  For a complete list of my past courses, see my vita.  Here are the courses I am scheduled to teach during the 2016-2017 academic year:

  • English 3210: American Literature to 1865 (Spring 2017)
  • English 5950: Introduction to English Studies (Fall 2016)
  • English 7770: Colloquium on the Profession of English (Fall 2016/Spring 2017)

The bulk of my academic writing has focused on the work of nineteenth-century American writers, but I've also written about twentieth-century and contemporary writers. Authors who have been the subject of my work include both well-known and obscure writers --such as Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, E.D.E.N. Southworth, John Greenleaf Whittier, Grace Greenwood, William Gilmore Simms,  Evelyn Scott, Anne Tyler, Ellen Glasgow, Michael Cunningham, and Ellen Gilchrist.  My first book  Unwelcome Voices: Subversive Fiction in the Antebellum South  was published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2005 and was awarded the Nancy Dasher Award by the College English Association of Ohio.  My second book, Against the Gallows: Antebellum American Writers and the Movement to Abolish Capital Punishment, was published in 2011 by the University of Iowa Press. You can also see my vita for a complete list of my publications, presentations, and professional activities.

Go to my departmental webpage