Michelle Neely

Michelle Neely

Assistant Professor of English

Joined Connecticut College: 2013

B.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Irvine


American literature to 1900

Animal studies

Environmental humanities

Food studies

African-American literature

Women's literature

Literary and political theory

Michelle C. Neely's research and teaching focus on questions of nature, culture, and democracy in American literature before 1900. As an assistant professor at Connecticut College, Neely has built on her environmental, animal studies, and food studies expertise by developing courses for interdisciplinary contexts such as the Environmental Studies Program and the American Studies Program, and by teaching a wide range of courses in American literature before 1900.

Before joining Connecticut College in 2013, Neely was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Jackman Humanities Institute, where she also taught courses in the English department.

Professor Neely’s current book project examines consumption, preservation, and multispecies community in order to explore 19th-century legacies to contemporary notions of sustainability. Neely’s work has appeared in the journals American Literature and The Concord Saunterer, and an essay on Henry David Thoreau and animals appears in Thoreau in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Visit the English department website. 

Majoring in English. 

Majoring in Environmental Studies.

Visit the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology and the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment websites. 

Contact Michelle Neely

Mailing Address

Michelle Neely
Connecticut College
Box # ENGLISH/Blaustein Humanities Center
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


322 Blaustein Humanities Center