Robin DeRosa


Professor of English; Assistant Department Chair

AB, Brown University; MA, PhD, Tufts University

Author of  The Making of Salem: The Witch Trials in History, Fiction and Tourism

Editor of  Simulation in Media and Culture: Believing the Hype

Phone: (603) 535-3147

Office: Ellen Reed 18

Robin DeRosa is an Early Americanist with a special interest in how we produce “history” through narrative and popular culture.  Her research includes work on the Salem Witch Trials in American memory, postmodern redefinitions of the tourist, and simulated environments in contemporary media.  She recently produced a tourbook focused on women’s history for Bodie State Historic Park in California.  Robin’s current research focuses on open access, and how universities can innovate in order to bring down textbook costs for students, increase interdisciplinary collaboration, and refocus the academic world on strengthening the public good.  Robin is Assistant Chair of English and the Chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies program.  She lives in Campton, New Hampshire with her partner, sculptor Phil Lonergan, her quirky daughter, and her vocal German Shepherd.

Selected publications

  • Simulation in Media and Culture: Believing the Hype.  Lanham, ND: Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield, 2011.
  • The Making of Salem: The Witch Trials in History, Fiction, and Tourism.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc, 2009.
  • “Critical Tricksters: ‘Race,’ ‘Theory,’ and Old Indian Legends” in Native American Rhetorics.  Ed. Ernie Stromberg.  U Pittsburgh Press, 2006.
  • “Reinscription and Revolution: Parody in the Narrative of Olaudah Equiano” in The Connecticut Review 26.2 (2002): 151-162.

Selected presentations

  • “ ‘No Man of the Mountain’: Absence and Nostalgia in New Hampshire’s White Mountains” presented at NEMLA, Montreal, 2010.
  • “Specters, Scholars, and Sightseers: The Production of Originality in Salem’s Witch City” presented at the Society for Early Americanists, Bermuda, 2009.
  • “Black and White Witches: Salem Mythology in the Golden Age of Hollywood” presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Boston, 2007.
  • “Back to Salem: Samantha, Sabrina, and the Mock Trial” presented at the Charming and Crafty: Witchcraft and Paganism in Contemporary Media conference, Harvard University, 2006.

Awards or recognition

  • Distinguished Scholarship Award Winner, Plymouth State University, 2013.
  • Campus Compact for NH President’s Good Steward Award, 2012
  • Elected Member, Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 2011.
  • Distinguished Advising Award Winner, Plymouth State University, 2011.
  • Theo Kalikow Award Winner, Plymouth State University, 2008.

Courses Taught

  • Critical Theory
  • Currents in American Literature I
  • Identity and Difference in American Literature
  • Wilderness Literature
  • The F Word: Feminism in The U.S.
  • The “Real” World







Contact Us

English Department

Ellen Reed House
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., M-F

Phone: 603-535-2746
(Mary Petz, Administrative Assistant)
Fax: 603-535-2584

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC #40 Plymouth, NH 03264

Dr. Ann McClellan, Department Chair
Office: Ellen Reed 15
Office Phone: (603) 535-2683