Abby Goode

Assistant Professor of Early American Literature

BA, University of Vermont; MST, Pace University; MA, PhD, Rice University

Contact Information:

Office: Ellen Reed 18
Phone: 603-535-2294

About Professor Goode:

Abby Goode specializes in early and nineteenth-century American literature, sustainability studies, transnational American studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Currently, she is writing a book about the history of sustainability, agriculture, and population control in American literature. Her research appears or is forthcoming in venues such as Early American Literature, Studies in American Fiction, and American Studies in Scandinavia.

Before joining PSU’s English department in 2016, Dr. Goode developed and taught courses at Rice University on topics such as Sustainability in America, Literature and Medicine, and Global Literatures in English. In addition to her work at Rice, she has taught high school Spanish in Brooklyn, NY, middle school creative writing for Writers in the Schools, and a range of American literature courses for adult learners at The Women’s Institute of Houston.

Selected Publications


“No ‘Rural Bowl of Milk’: Demographic Agrarianism and Unsustainability in Pierre,” Studies in American Fiction (forthcoming, Spring 2017)
“Burger King and Transnational American Studies,” with AnaMaria Seglie. American Studies in Scandinavia 47.2 (November 2015): 103-123.
Gothic Fertility in Leonora Sansay’s Secret History,” Early American Literature50.2 (June 2015): 449-473.


Invited review of Irina Aristarkhova, The Hospitality of the Matrix: Philosophy, Biomedicine, and Culture (New York: Columbia UP, 2012). philoSOPHIA: A Journal in Continental Feminism 4.2 (Summer 2014): 239-243.

Courses Taught at PSU