Alison Tracy Hale’s primary teaching and scholarly interests focus on early America, with emphases on the American gothic and literature of the early Republic, particularly the novel. Her work has appeared in Early American Literature (2011; 2015). Projects include an essay on Maria Cummins’s The Lamplighter (1854), for an edited collection, and an article on Charles Brockden Brown’s novel Ormond (1799), in the context of women’s Federalist Era conduct fiction. She is also at work on a book-length study, Pedagogical Citizenship and the Early American Woman, which explores how women in the first decades of U.S. independence understood the possibilities and limits of their national identity. That study originates in the period’s literature, but incorporates as well the pedagogical texts, domestic manuals, and material artifacts through which women viewed themselves and their roles in society. Tracy Hale teaches advanced courses on Gothic America; Sex, Gender, and Identity in the Early Nation; and The Rise of the Novel in America, and a new course focused on the Broadway musical “Hamilton” and its historical context. She is also a member of the university’s Gender and Queer Studies and Honors programs.
B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1985; M.A., Boston University, 1989; M.A., San Francisco State University, 1995; Ph.D., University of Washington, 2005