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Erin Forbes

Assistant Professor for the Department of English
Affiliated with the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies
Ph.D. and M.A., Princeton University
B.A., Reed College
Hoyt 309C


Erin Forbes joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming in 2009, where she teaches American and African American literature from contact through the twentieth century. She teaches the following courses:

  • Introduction to African American Literature (ENGL/AADS 2350)

  • Literatures in English III, 1865-the present (ENGL 2435)

  • American Prose 1865-1920 (ENGL 4370)

  • Literature of Enslavement (ENGL/AADS 4990/5990)

  • American Gothic (ENGL 5230)


Finalist for the Zuckerman Prize in American Studies, McNeil Center for Early American Studies (2010)

A&S Student Council Thumb’s Up Award, University of Wyoming (2010)

Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society (2008)

American Studies Summer Research Prize, Princeton University (2008)

Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Fellowship, Princeton (2007-08)

Princeton Center for the Study of Religion Research Award (2006-07)

Phi Beta Kappa (2002)

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Research: Forbes’s research focuses broadly on the questions about the nature of human agency that emerge when we look carefully at the relationship between text, body, and history in 18th- and 19th- century American and African American print culture. She is at work on a book about intersections of race, criminality and aesthetics from the 1790s through the Civil War.

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