Sandra Gustafson

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English
Concurrent Professor of American Studies; Faculty Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Faculty affiliate of Notre Dame's Center for Civil and Human Rights

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English
277 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-7788


Areas of study

  • African and African American
  • American
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Religion and Literature
  • Science, Media, and Technology


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Cornell University

Research and teaching interests

American literature and culture, the American novel, political theory, peace studies, and the study of civil and human rights, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity


Sandra M. Gustafson is the author of works on American literature and culture including Imagining Deliberative Democracy in the Early American Republic (Chicago, 2011), Eloquence is Power: Oratory and Performance in Early America (North Carolina, 2000), and essays on William Apess, James Fenimore Cooper, Jonathan Edwards, and Margaret Fuller, among many others. She is the editor of The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Vol. A (9th and 10th editions) and advisory editor of the MLA-affiliated journal Early American Literature, as well as the co-editor of Cultural Narratives: Textuality and Performance in American Culture before 1900 (Notre Dame, 2010), and guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of the Early Republic on political writing and literature. A faculty affiliate of Notre Dame's Center for Civil and Human Rights and a faculty fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, she held an NEH fellowship during 2014 to work on a book about the American novel and the early peace movement, which is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Her co-edited volume (with Robert S. Levine) Reimagining the Republic: Race, Citizenship, and Nation in the Literary Work of Albion Tourgée appears from Fordham University Press in 2022.

Representative publications