Kristen Carlson


Areas of Interest
Nineteenth-century American Literature; Transatlantic and Transnational Romanticism; Literature and Science; Literature and Philosophy; Ecocriticism; Critical Theory. 

Kennesaw State University, BA
Georgia State University, MA


My research focuses on the intersection of science, literature, and the environment in the nineteenth century. I'm particularly interested in how nineteenth-century writers, scientists, and philosophers use imaginative language to address the pressing questions and latent discoveries of their time. In my research, I hope to discover questions that not only speak to the understanding of nineteenth-century thought but also contribute to our modern understanding of science, literature, and environment. 

My current projects focus on American Transcendentalism, Transatlantic Studies, and the philosophy of materialism and motion. I am also pursuing a minor in the History of Philosophy and Science.

Recent Scholarly Activity:

" 'Irresistible Motion': Matter, Causality, and Henry David Thoreau." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2018. 

“The Shifting Philosophies of the Female Subject in Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,” presented at British Woman Writers Conference (BWWC), Chapel Hill, NC. June 21-14 2017. 

“Utopia in a Dystopian Reality: Mind-Body Dualism in Mary Wollstonecraft’s Wrongs of Woman, or Maria” presented at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference (SAMLA), Jacksonville, FL. Nov 4-6 2016. 


 “The Birds and Bugs of Walden Pond: A Shaping of Consciousness in Thoreau’s Walden” presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Thoreau Society, Concord, MA. July 6-10 2016.