Gregory D. Specter
2015-Present Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
2014-2015 Adjunct, English Division, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, PA
Ph.D., English, University of Missouri, 2014
M.A., Literature, University of Delaware, 2008
B.A., English, Wilkes University, 2003
2018 “‘We cannot be indifferent’: Native Americans and the Students of the Bethlehem Boarding School.” Liminality, Hybridity, and American Women’s Literature : Thresholds in Women’s Writing, edited by Kristin J. Jacobson, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2018, 25 pages.
“Pedagogy & American Literary Studies (PALS) and the Development of Sustainable Online Teaching Communities.” Co-Author with Shelli Homer and Brianne Jaquette. Forthcoming in Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. 38 pages. Forthcoming
2016 “The place to forget the outside world, and live in one’s self” : Harriet Beecher Stowe and Intensive Reading in Florida. Journal of Florida Studies 1.5. 18 pages.
Invited Blog Posts
2017 “Beyond Early American Literature: Teaching The Female Review and Contemporary Works,” Just Teach One / Common-Place.
Digital Humanities and Public Engagement
Contributor and Social Media Manager, Pedagogy & American Literary Studies
Digital Stowe, cofounder
Awards and Honors
2016 Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities Group Start-up Grant
2015 NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers: “Early American Women’s History: Teaching from within the Archives,” Elyssa Tardif, Suzanne McCormack, Directors, Newell D. Goff Center for Education and Public Programs at the Rhode Island Historical Society, July 20 – July 31
2009 Travel Scholarship, Graduate Professional Council, University of Missouri
2017 Participant, “Digital Humanities Roundtable,” The Aphra Behn and the Burney Society Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November 3.
2016 “Native Americans and the Moravian Seminary for Young Ladies in Transnational and Transatlantic Contexts,” Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music, Bethlehem, PA, October 28.
“We cannot be indifferent” : Native Americans and the Students of the Moravian Seminary for Young Ladies, 2016 Annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Pittsburgh, PA, March 31.
2015 “Stowe, Circulation, and the Frontier of Florida,” The Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 5.
“Norman Mailer, Serialization, and the Problem of the Monetized Archive,” The Norman Mailer Society, Provincetown, MA, October 2.
“Stowe, Edgeworth, and the Historical Novel,” British Women Writers Association Conference, New York, NY, June 27.
“Stowe, Edgeworth, and the Genre of the Preface,” American Literature Association, Boston, MA, May 25.
“Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Primary Geography for Children and the Global Circulation of Texts,” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, Atlanta, GA, April 17.
2009 “‘After seeing the photograph it is hardly necessary to say that Jo and L.M.A. are not one:’ Louisa May Alcott and the Problems of Photographic Representation,” The Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 23.
2007 “‘An Answer from Nature’: Ecological, Psychological, and Paratextual Corruption in Norman Mailer’s Why Are We in Vietnam?,” The Norman Mailer Society, Provincetown, MA, October 13.
“The Circular Portrait: Examining Jack Kerouac’s Juxtaposition of the Poetic and the Popular Poes,” American Literature Association, Boston MA, May 24.
2015-Present Department of English, Duquesne University
What Did the Founders Read? (cross-listed with Political Science) – 1 section
Honors Inquiry I – 1 section
Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum (Learning Community) 3 – sections
Research and Information Skills – 1 section
Imaginative Literature & Critical Thinking – 11 sections
Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum – 6 sections
2014-2015 English Division, Lehigh Carbon Community College
College English I – 3 sections
College English I (Dual Enrollment) – 2 sections
College English II – 1 section
2008-2014 Department of English, University of Missouri
Introduction to American Literature – 5 sections
Exposition and Argumentation – 18 sections
Teaching Assistant for Alexandra Socarides in Survey of American Literature: Beginnings to 1865
2007-2008 Department of English, University of Delaware
Critical Reading and Writing – 4 sections
Service To Profession
Manuscript Reviewer, PMLA
Manuscript Reviewer, English: Journal of the English Association
Graduate Teaching Fellow Mentor, 2017
Speakers Committee, 2016—Present