| ACADEMICS | Schools & Departments | English | Karen Woods Weierman
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email@example.comEducation B.A., Georgetown University
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Karen Woods Weierman is Professor of English and the former director of the Commonwealth Honors Program. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota.An avid archival detective, her research interests include nineteenth-century U.S. literature and culture, antislavery literature, and law and literature studies. In her book One Nation, One Blood: Interracial Marriage in American Fiction, Scandal, and Law, 1820-1870 (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005), she explores the taboo against interracial marriage by investigating the traditional link between marriage and property. Her research reveals that the opposition to intermarriage originated in large measure in the nineteenth-century desire for Indian land and African labor. Her current project, The Case of the Slave-Child, Med: The Tragedy of Freedom in Antislavery Boston, restores the complicated history of antislavery Boston’s greatest legal victory and most devastating failure. Following a successful freedom suit on her behalf, little Med became a trope, discarded after her test case and forgotten when her death disrupted the triumphalist antislavery narrative. Professor Weierman teaches a wide range of courses in American literature, always from an American Studies perspective, and she teaches in face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats. She also teaches first-year writing courses with a particular emphasis on critical thinking, rhetorical strategies, and information literacy.