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About Tom J. Hillard

Dr. Tom J. Hillard joined the faculty of the Department of English at Boise State University in 2007, where he teaches courses on early American literature, literature and the environment, Western American literature, and the literary Gothic. He earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Literature and the Environment from the University of Nevada-Reno, and a B.A. in English from Boise State University. His current research focuses on the intersections between fear, nature writing, and the literary Gothic in American literature and culture.
Dr. Hillard is a former Co-editor of the Boise State University Western Writers Series. He now serves as Book Review Editor for the Oxford University Press journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.


Present Associate Professor, Department of English, Boise State University Department of English

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  • ENGL 198: Introduction to English Studies
  • ENGL 275: Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 277: Survey of American Literature: Beginnings to Civil War
  • ENGL 375: Early American Literature
  • ENGL 376: 19th-Century American Nonfiction
  • ENGL 377: American Renaissance
  • ENGL 384: Literature of the American West
  • ENGL 397: Special Topics: American Literature and the Environment
  • ENGL 500: Research Methods in Literary Studies
  • ENGL 510: Major Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • ENGL 530: The Rise of American Gothic Literature
  • ENGL 530: Nature’s Nation: 19th-Century American Literature and Environment

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