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[BROKEN LINK] 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.