Dana McClain


Assistant Professor

PhD, Lehigh University
MA, Eastern Kentucky University
BA, Arcadia University

Courses Taught

English 101 and 102
Introduction to Literature
Women in Early American Literature

Teaching Focus/Philosophy

I encourage students to use the concepts of community and conflict to help them think rhetorically as writers. Community is a way of thinking about our readers; they are the specific audience that we hope to reach. Conflict—disagreement or controversy within that community—gives us our purpose, a reason to write. Genre, whether written or multimodal, is the means we use to enter into the conversation. I strive to help students effectively contribute to conversations in the communities that are important to them.

Recent Presentations/Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Regulating Feeling in the First American Novel: Sympathy, Sensibility, and Sentiment in William Hill Brown’s The Power of Sympathy.” Studies in American Fiction. Vol. 45, Issue 2, Fall 2018.
“Rewriting Republican Motherhood: Mentorship and Motherhood in Susanna Rowson’s Charlotte Temple and Mentoria.” College Literature. Vol. 46, Issue 2, Spring 2019.
“Loss and Desire in ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn.’” Kentucky Philological Review 27 (2013): 34-42.

Book Chapters

“Irritating, Supporting, and Representing: Reflections of Faculty and Students of Color.” Challenges of Multicultural Education: Teaching and Taking Diversity Classes. Eds. Norah Peters-Davis and Jeffrey Shultz. Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2005. 88-102. (co-authored with Ana Maria Garcia, Angela R. Gillem, and Lillian West)

Book Reviews

Review of The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn. Rhizomes 32: “Austen and Deleuze.” Edited by Michael Kramp. December, 2017.


I have organized panels and/or presented papers at conferences such as American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, East Central American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Modern Language Association, Northeast Modern Language Association, and Society of Early Americanists

Awards and Honors

Dean’s Dissertation Award, Lehigh University, 2018
Gipson Institute for 18th Century Studies Dissertation Fellowship, 2017-2018
Humanities Center Graduate Summer Research Fellowship, 2017
Digel/Jones Award for Ph.D. Writing Outside of the Dissertation, Lehigh University, 2017
Gipson Institute for 18th Century Studies Research Grant, 2016

Dana McClain
Office: HFH 303
Phone: 267-341-3607