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Jeremy Wells

Department of English

Expert Bio

A specialist in 19th- and early 20th-century American literature, Jeremy Wells is an associate professor of English and coordinator of the literature program at Indiana University Southeast. He is also the author of “Romances of the White Man’s Burden: Race, Empire, and the Plantation in American Literature, 1880-1936” (Vanderbilt U.P., 2011).

He has published articles on such figures as Kate Chopin and Booker T. Washington and on such topics as university-high school English teacher collaboration. An essay on the image of Jimi Hendrix in heavy metal reflects his interest in the subject of race and popular music, and his current research focuses on the representation of slave song in U.S. print culture from the late 18th to the early 20th century. He also recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Global South titled “Plantation Modernity.”

Wells is the current president of the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Kentuckiana. He earned his B.A. from Vanderbilt and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Areas of Expertise

Slavery and plantations as they are represented in literature and culture, 19th-century American literature, 19th-century African American literature, William Faulkner.