Dr Katie McGettigan

Personal profile

Dr Katie McGettigan is Lecturer in American Literature. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century American and transatlantic literature and print culture. 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 American LiteratureSymbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literature and Cultural Relations and the Journal of Culture, Society and Masculinities.

Katie is currently working on her second book, tentatively titled The Transatlantic Materials of American Literature, 1830-1860. This project explores the publication of American writing in Britain between 1830-1860, asking how the transatlantic circulation of texts, books and people, relations with British publishers, and the material texts of British editions contributed to the invention of a national American literature in this period. For this research, she was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship between 2014 and 2017. Her research interests also cover space and place in nineteenth-century literature, print and popular culture from 1776 onwards, and digital humanities. 

Katie has a keen interest in public engagement and outreach, and has spoken about her work on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and written about her research for the American Antiquarian Society and The Conversation. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of the British Association of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, and as Associate Editor for Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literature and Cultural Relations. She is also Director of the Royal Holloway Centre for Victorian Studies, and can be found on Twitter @KatieMcGettigan.

Research interests

  • Nineteenth-century American literature, especially the novel
  • American and Transatlantic Print Culture
  • Periodical Studies
  • Herman Melville
  • Western Fiction, especially Owen Wister
  • Digital Humanities

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

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