Erin Kappeler

Erin KappelerAssistant Professor

Academic Interests

  • American poetry and poetics
  • Modernism
  • Historical poetics
  • Prosody

Top Scholarly Accomplishments


  • "Editing America: Nationalism and the New Poetry." Modernism/modernity 21.4 (2014): 899-918.
  • "The Georgian Poets and the Genteel Tradition" (with Meredith Martin). A Companion to Modernist Poetry. Ed. David E. Chintz and Gail McDonald. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. 199-208.
  • "Constructing Walt Whitman: Literary History and the Histories of Rhythm." Critical Rhythm. Eds. Jonathan Culler and Ben Glaser. Forthcoming from Fordham University Press.


  • Long-Term Fellowship
  • National Endowment for the Humanities/Massachusetts Historical Society Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship Dissertation Fellowship
  • Center for the Humanities at Tufts University Graduate Student Research Award
  • GSAS, Tufts University Graduate Institute for Teaching Fellowship,
  • GSAS, Tufts University Provost Fellowship
  • GSAS, Tufts University


  • Panel organizer, "Historical Poetics and Modernism: New Directions." Modernist Studies Association annual meeting, Boston, MA, November 2015.
  • Panel Organizer, "The Global Lives of Poems." American Comparative Literature Association annual meeting, University of Washington, Seattle, March 2015.
  • "Nineteenth-Century Modernisms." Invited speaker, "Modernisms and Manifestos" undergraduate conference, University of Maine at Farmington, March 2015
  • "Everyday Laureates: Community Poetry in New England 1865-1900." Invited speaker, Massachusetts Historical Society, February 2015.
  • "The New Poetry in Black and White." Modernist Studies Association annual meeting, Duquesne University, November 2014.
  • "Harriet Monroe Against The World." Seminar participant: "Public Domains: Print and the Commons in the 19th Century U.S.," C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists biennial convention, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, March 2014.
  • "Harriet Monroe's Museum." Modern Language Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL, January 2014.

Previous Experience

I've taught courses in American literature and first-year writing at Tufts University, the University of Maine at Farmington, Bentley University, and Bunker Hill Community College.


Durant, IA


I love to run, bike, cross stitch, bake, hang out with friends and family, and read. I have been known to spend some quality time with Netflix, and I never met a karaoke machine I didn't like.

Future Goals and Aspirations

I am excited to develop as a teacher and as a researcher as a member of the Missouri State community. I hope to develop new courses that will complement existing English department offerings, and to develop innovative approaches to the classroom that will keep students engaged and excited about learning. I also look forward to completing my current book projects. The first, Shaping Free Verse: American Prosody and Poetics 1880-1920, tells the untold history of free verse, while the second, Everyday Laureates: Community Poetry in New England 1865-1900, creates a fuller picture of the poetic cultures that flourished during a period often imagined as a poetic desert.

Life Outside the University

When I'm not at MSU, I can be found running around town with the Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners, driving to Iowa to hang out with my biological family, or shipping off to Boston to visit my chosen family.


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