Meredith Farmer

Meredith FarmerDr. Meredith Farmer

Assistant Teaching Professor of Core Literature
Faculty Affiliate, Energy, Environment, & Sustainability


Office: C5-H Tribble Hall


PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016)
BA, Kenyon College (2005)

Areas of Interest

  • U.S. Literature and Culture
  • Literature & Science
  • History of Science
  • Herman Melville
  • Meteorology, Climate, and Storms

Book Project

  • Melville’s Ontology (under advance contract, Northwestern University Press)

Editorial Projects

Selected Publications 

Selected Fellowships

  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (2019)
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum (2016)
  • Chemical Heritage Foundation (2015)
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (2014)
  • Bakken Museum of Electricity (2014)
  • American Philosophical Society (2013)

Courses at Wake Forest

  • ENG 150: Literary and Scientific Methods: the U.S. Nineteenth Century
  • ENG 175: Detectives and Detection: U.S. Fiction 1841-Present
  • ENG 175: American Literature: Race, Heredity, and Genetics (with Lisa Klarr)
  • ENG 275: American Literature: Introduction to the Major

Recent and Upcoming Talks

  • Melville’s Education in Mathematics & Science; or, the Outside of the Cold War Frame (MLA, Chicago, January 2019)
  • The Confidence-Man in the age of social media (MLA, Chicago, January 2019)
  • Chair and organizer of panel on “Understanding Academic Freedom” (MLA, Chicago, January 2019)
  • Melville’s Hurricane; or, How to Emerge from Emergency (ASA, Atlanta, November 2018) 
  • Chair and respondent to panel on “Melville and the Anthropocene” (ALA, San Francisco, May 2018)
  • “Natural Humans, Arbitrary Persons, and Expatriated White Jackets” (C19, Albuquerque, March 2018)
  • “Data,” Seminar on C19 Environmental Humanities (C19, Albuquerque, March 2018)

Additional Resources

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