Personal profile

Personal profile

Dr Katie McGettigan is Senior Lecturer in American Literature. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century American and transatlantic literature and print culture. Her research interests also cover archive studies, print and popular culture from 1776 onwards, environmental humanities, and slavery and anti-slavery studies. 

Katie's second book, The Transatlantic Materials of American Literature: Publishing US Writing in Britain, 1830-1860 was published by U Massachusetts Press in 2023. Through a new history of US fiction, poetry, essays and autobiography published in Britain, the book argues that British publishers and their editions of US writing were central to the invention of American literature as a distinct and national field in the years immediately before the Civil War. For this research, she was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship between 2014 and 2017. 

Her first book, Herman Melville: Modernity and the Material Text was published by the University of New Hampshire press in December 2017. Her work has also appeared in Journal of Victorian Culture, Journal of American Studies, American Literature, and Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies. She is currenly one of the co-editors of the Journal of American Studies

Katie has a keen interest in public engagement and outreach, and has discusssed her work on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and in The Conversation. She can be found on Twitter @KatieMcGettigan.

Katie is happy to take enquires about postgraduate research supervision relating to any area of her research.

Research interests

  • History of the Book
  • American and Transatlantic Print Culture
  • Nineteenth-century American literature
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Periodical Studies
  • Herman Melville

Educational background

  • BA English, University of Oxford - 2009
  • MSt English and American Studies, University of Oxford - 2010
  • PhD in American Studies, University of Keele - 2014


  • EN1101: Thinking as a Critic 
  • EN1401: Introducing America 
  • EN2401: The American Century
  • EN2328: American Gothic

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

English, BA, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jul 2009

American Studies, PhD, Keele University


English and American Studies, MSt, University of Oxford



  • English literature
  • American Literature
  • Book History
  • print culture
  • nineteenth-century
  • transatlantic studies
  • archives