Michele Navakas


Associate Professor of English
Co-Director of Literature Program
American Studies Affiliate
Institute for Environment & Sustainability Affiliate

384 Bachelor Hall
Oxford Campus



  • PhD, English, University of California-Irvine, 2009
  • BA, English, Boston University, 2001

Selected Publications

Early American Coral (forthcoming, Princeton University Press, 2023).

Liquid Landscape: Geography and Settlement at the Edge of Early America (University of Pennsylvania, 2018).

"Antebellum Coral." American Literature 91.2 (2019): 263-293.

"Island Nation: Mapping Florida, Revising America." Early American Studies 11.2 (2013): 243-271.

"Liquid Landscape: Possession and Floridian Geography." Early American Literature 47.1 (2012): 89-114.

Selected Grants and Awards

  • Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society, Munich, Germany, Fall 2021.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2017-2018.
  • Kislak Fellowship in American Studies, Kluge Center, Library of Congress, 2013-2014.
  • Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2012-2013.
  • Barra Dissertation Fellowship, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 2008-2009.