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About Ashley K. Rattner

Dr. Ashley Rattner comes to ETSU from the opposite corner of Tennessee. She earned her PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Memphis, where she specialized in Early and Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Her current project, “Writing Utopia,” explores the translation of utopian experiments into print, reading communitarian reform as a byproduct of and corrective to the emerging national culture through the lens of the evolving print technologies and networks of nineteenth-century America.


Present Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, East Tennessee State University Literature and Language, College of Arts and Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Member, American Studies Association
Present Member, C19: The Society of Nineteenth Century Americanists
Present Member, Modern Language Association
Present Member, Society of Early Americanists
2018 Panel Organizer, American Studies Association
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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 - Travel Enrichment Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Memphis: $500
  • 2015 - Outstanding Graduate Student, Department of English, University of Memphis: $500
  • 2016 - Society of Early Americanists Graduate Student Travel Grant, Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture, Translation and Transmission: The Fourth Early Americanist Summit: $100
  • 2016 - Lawrence and Sarah Wynn Fellowship, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Memphis: $10,800
  • 2017 - Lawrence and Sarah Wynn Scholarship for Romantic and Victorian Literature, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Memphis: $950
  • 2017 - Graduate Summer Fellowship, Department of English, University of Memphis: $6,000
  • 2019- Short-Term Research Fellowship, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library: $1,750


  • ENGL 2138– Honors Survey in American Literature: American Utopias
  • ENGL 5450– Colonial and Federal Literature
  • ENGL 2110– American Literature I
  • ENGL 2030– Literary Heritage


2018 PhD, Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Memphis
2013 MA, English, University of Memphis
2010 BA, English, Virginia Commonwealth University
2008 AA&S, John Tyler Community College

Contact Information

PO Box 70683
Johnson City, TN 37614

Office: 408 Burleson Hall
Phone: 423-439-5995


Publications (2)

Academic Conference Presentations (9)

Workshop Presentations (3)