Alison Tracy Hale

Alison Tracy HaleProfessor, English
Co-director, Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Program (with Prof. Aislinn Melchior)


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 the literatures of early America, with emphases on the American gothic, the early novel, pedagogical practices, and the early Republic. In addition to her work in the English Department, she is co-director of the Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Program with Professor Aislinn Melchior.

Her recent publications include “Heavenly Fathers: Patriarchy, Paternity, and Affiliation in The Lamplighter” in Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in 19th-century America, ed. Robin L. Cadwallader and Allison Giffen (Routledge) and “Liberties, Letters, and Lives: The Many Voices of Early American Women” in Early American Literature (50:2). Current works-in-process include a book length study, Pedagogical Citizenship and the Early American Woman and a young adult novel set during the witchcraft trials in Salem, MA. This fall she will present a paper at the conference of the Society for the Study of American Woman Writers discussing Native American author Elissa Washuta’s recent memoir My Body is a Book of Rules as an act of literary resistance against the American autobiographical tradition inaugurated by Benjamin Franklin.