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Ellen McWhorter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director, Honors Program


Ellen J. McWhorter specializes in 20th-century American literature, specifically Modernist poetry, poetics and philosophies of language. Her courses frequently explore how early-20th-century literature articulates alternative ways of knowing that are devalued in American culture at large.


Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


McWhorter also collaborates with the honors program, teaching Honors: Introduction to College Writing, Honors: Senior Capstone, and Honors: Introduction to Literary Studies.

Professional Experience

McWhorter has presented papers both here and abroad on the work of writers and philosophers from Edwin Rolfe to Ludwig Wittgenstein. She is currently at work on essays about intuition in Mina Loy’s “Love Songs to Joannes” and coded erotics in the poetry of Angelina Weld Grimké.


  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Modern American Literature
  • Modern American Poetry
  • Poets of New England
  • Introduction to College Writing




Sullivan Hall

Drop-in Hours
Tuesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wednesday, 10-11:15 a.m.
and by appointment