Meredith Farmer

Meredith FarmerDr. Meredith Farmer

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


Office: C103 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 Leaks: Science, Materialism, and the Reconstitution of Persons  (under advance contract, Northwestern University Press).

Editorial Projects

Recent and Forthcoming 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: Detectives and Detection: U.S. Fiction 1841-Present
  • ENG 150: Hidden Towns: Slave Narratives, National and Local 
  • ENG 175: Environmental Destruction: Introduction to the Environmental Humanities
  • ENG 175: Literary and Scientific Methods: the U.S. Nineteenth Century
  • ENG 301: Melville and his Moments

Recent and Upcoming Talks

  • “Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn” (Melville Society Conference, June 2019)
  • “Tracking Early American Hurricanes” (Society of Early Americanists, February 2019)
  • “Melville’s Education in Math and Science; or, Outside the Cold War Frame” (MLA, January 2019)
  • “The Confidence-Man and the Avatar” (MLA, January 2019)
  • “Understanding Academic Freedom” (MLA, January 2019)
  • “Melville’s Hurricane; or, How to Emerge from Emergency” (ASA, November 2018) 

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