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Associate Professor

University of Central Oklahoma


Kate Huber, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of English specializing in American literature before 1865 with research interests in ecocriticism and translation. She recently has presented papers on James Fenimore Cooper’s The Crater in the Anthropocene at the Western Literature Association Conference (2016) and on Henry David Thoreau’s idea of the wild and survivalism at the American Literature Association Conference (2018). Her essay “Failures to Signify: Poe’s Uncanny Animal Others” appears in Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Routledge, 2017).

At UCO, she teaches American Literature to 1865, English Cornerstone, English Capstone, and upper-level courses in colonial and nineteenth-century American literature—and she has even made whole classes of students love Moby-Dick. She is the faculty sponsor of the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta, department representative for The College of Liberal Arts Symposium, and administrator of the English Department Facebook page.

Huber received her B.A. from Penn State University in 2005, her M.A. from the University of Delaware in 2008, and her Ph.D. from Temple University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) in 2013. Her dissertation, Transnational Translation: Foreign Language in the Travel Writing of Cooper, Melville, and Twain, examines the way these three authors and their contemporaries represented the linguistic difference encountered abroad, tracing Americans’ shifting attitudes toward foreignness alongside the changing nature of travel and travel literature from the early national period through the tourist boom at the end of the nineteenth century.

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