Associate Professor of English

Dr. Tom Nurmi
Tom Nurmi joined the Department of English, Philosophy & Modern Languages in 2014. He teaches American literature and  courses for the Environmental Studies and Native American Studies programs.

Professor Nurmi's research explores how physical, social, and legal geographies shaped early American literary history. He recently co-edited the anthology Melville among the Philosophers (2017), featuring an afterword by Cornel West, and his first book examines the intersection of science, environmental ethics, and literary form in nineteenth-century America. 

Recent Courses

American Literature I

American Literature II

World Literature: Money, Media & Modernity


Office: LA 425
Office Hours: Fall 2019, W 2-5 or by appointment

book cover, Melville Among the Philosophers
Recent Publications

“Mineral Melville.” J19: Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 7.1 (2019): 155-83.

Melville Among the Philosophers. Ed., with Corey McCall. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.

“Shackle, Sycamore, Shibboleth: Material Geographies of the Underground Railroad.” Cartographies of Exile: A New Spatial Literacy. Ed. Karen Elizabeth Bishop. London: Routledge, 2016: 111-132.

“Stranger in Japan” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 18:1 (2016): 128-130.

“Shadows in the Shenandoah: Melville, Slavery, and the Elegiac Landscape.” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 17:3 (2015): 7-24.

“Wallace’s Choice.” The Wire in the College Classroom: Pedagogical Approaches to the Humanities. NC: McFarland Press, 2015: 160-178.