• Eagan S Dean
  • Eagan S Dean
  • Doctoral Candidate
  • At Rutgers Since: 2017
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  • Dean_CV_9.10.pdf
  • Office Hours:

    Wed 10-12

  • Primary Areas of Specialization: Nineteenth Century American, Gender & Sexuality, Queer Studies and Trans Studies, Book History, Theories the Public Sphere.
  • Field of Interest: African-American & Diaspora, Book and Media History, Early American, Gender & Sexuality, Nineteenth-Century American, Theory
  • About:

    I am a researcher in early American literature from feminist and trans studies perspectives. I teach primarily in American literature, queer and trans studies, and college writing. (they/he)


    Collaborate with me!

    Call for Chapter Contributors: A Cultural History of Trans Lives in the Nineteenth Century (1800-1900)

    Legacy Forum on Louisa May Alcott’s Work


    Public Work



    Interviewed in the the summer 2022 Vassar Quarterly article “Beyond Gender Binaries.”

    Recent work with Conversations, the Margaret Fuller Society newsletter.

    In 2020, I developed a website for the Daily Suffragist digital humanities project using Omeka archive platform and open-source storytelling tools.

  • Undergraduate Courses Taught:

    Literature Seminar: Queerness in the Nineteenth Century U.S.

    Principles of Literary Study (theme: rhetoric and revolutions)

    Sex, Drugs, and the Human Soul: Inventing American Gender from the Enlightenment to Today

    Queer Literature Before Stonewall

    College Writing

    Basic Composition

  • Awards:

    Society of Early Americanists Junior Scholar of the Month

    Award for Distinguished Contributions for Undergraduate Education; 2021

    Heritage Book Shop Scholarship; 2020

    Catherine Moynahan Prize: Runner Up; 2021

    Marius Bewley Prize: Runner Up; 2019, 2021

    Catherine Musello Cantalupo Price: Runner Up; 2019

    English Symposium Presentation Prize; 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

  • Membership Affiliations:

    Board, Margaret Fuller Society

  • Other Publications:

    I am currently completing a dissertation about gender as a rhetorical tool in early American literature. I am also developing a second project about radical religious thought and the emergence of gender identity as a concept. Click here to view my current research prospectus.


    "Woman in the Nineteenth Century and the Antipolitics of Reprinting, 1845-1992." Forthcoming in ESQ 2023.

    “Androgyny and Desire: Fuller, Howe, and Fractured Trans Archives." Forthcoming from Legacy in 2023.

    "‘Who is not proud to own the influence of her wisdom?’: Co-constructing Womanhood Through Antebellum Black Women’s Literary Societies." Forthcoming 2024 in Insurrect! roundtable on mutual aid in early America.

    "The Gaze, The Glance, The Mirror: Queer Desire and Panoptic Discipline in Nella Larsen’s Passing." Women's Studies 48.2 (2019): 97-103.


    Volume co-editor, A Cultural History of Trans Lives in the Nineteenth Century. With Sahin Acikgoz and Kadin Henningsen. Under contract with Bloomsbury Publishing.

    Forum co-editor, Louisa May Alcott’s Work at 150. With Max Chapnick. Legacy. Forthcoming 2024.

    Contributing editor, "O, Ye Daughters of Africa, Awake!": The Writings and Lectures of Maria W. Stewart. With Douglas Jones. Under contract with Oxford University Press.

    Other writing

    Review of The New College Classroom by Cathy Davidson and Christina
    Katapodis. Conversations: The Newsletter of the Margaret Fuller Society. December 2022.

    "2020 Year in Conferences Report: MLA" With Brianna Dayley, DeLisa
    Hawkes, Rachel Heffner-Burns, and Samantha Palenscia. ESQ 67.1 (2021).

    Review of Histories of the Transgender Child, by Jules Gill-Peterson: U of
    Minnesota P, 2018. Women’s Studies 48.5 (2019): 1-5.

  • Education: PhD Rutgers expected 2023, ABD 2020 M.A. Rutgers 2020Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies A.B. Vassar College 2017