Alison Tracy Hale
BA, University of California-Berkeley, 1985
MA, Boston University, 1989
MA, San Francisco State University, 1995
PhD, University of Washington, 2005
Alison Tracy Hale’s primary teaching and scholarly interests focus on early America, with emphases on the American gothic, the early novel, pedagogical practices, and the early Republic. Her essay “Uncanny Afflictions,” on the gothic elements of Salem’s infamous witchcraft outbreak, appears in Spectral America, Ed. Jeffrey Weinstock (U Wisconsin, 2004). A co-authored piece with Professor Rachel Carnell, “Romantic Transports,” deals with the transatlantic manifestations of the female “Quixote” figure and is forthcoming in Early American Literature. Her current projects include an essay on Leonora Sansay’s semi-autobiographical novel of the Haitian Revolution, The Secret History (1808) and a monograph project exploring the relationship between “pedagogical citizenship” and gothic anxiety in the early nation.
She teaches advanced courses on Gothic America; Sex, Gender, and Identity in the Early Nation; The Rise of the Novel in America; as well as the Introduction to English Studies; American Literature I; and courses in Writing and Rhetoric. She is also a member of the University’s Gender Studies faculty, and has taught both introductory and thesis courses in that program.