College of Arts & Sciences
Department of English, Philosophy & Modern Languages
Dr. Thomas Nurmi
Assistant Professor of English
Tom Nurmi joined the Department of English, Philosophy & Modern Languages in 2014. He teaches American literature and interdisciplinary courses for the Environmental Studies and Native American Studies programs.
Dr. Nurmi's research explores how physical, social, and legal geographies shaped early American literary history. His recent work has appeared in Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies (2015) and Cartographies of Exile: A New Spatial Literacy (2016), and he co-edited the anthology Melville among the Philosophers (2017), featuring an afterword by Cornel West. Dr. Nurmi's current manuscript examines the intersection of mineralogy, environmental ethics, and literary form in nineteenth-century America.
Office: LA 425
Office Hours: Fall 2017, W 2-5 or by appointment
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.