Susan Morgan

Susan MorganDistinguished Professor of English
Faculty Affiliate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

283 Bachelor Hall
Oxford Campus
(513) 529 7540


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1973

M.A., University of Chicago

B.A., Philosophy, Northwestern University

Teaching Interests

  • Nineteenth-century British literature
  • Colonial/postcolonial/neocolonial theory
  • Feminist/gender theory
  • Literature of travel
  • Cultural studies

Research Interests

  • The Novel and Narrative Theory
  • Narratives of Travel in English
  • Nineteenth-Century British Literature
  • Gender Studies, Feminist Criticism and Theory
  • Colonial/Post-Colonial/Neo-Colonial Theory
  • Cultural Studies
  • British Imperial Cultural History

Selected Publications

  • Bombay Anna: The Real Story and Remarkable Adventures of the King and IGoverness. University of California Press, 2008. Paperback, 2009. Second, Revised edition, Silkworm Books, Chiang Mai, Thailand 2010. Thai edition, 2011.
  • “The ‘Sphere of Interest’: Framing late Nineteenth-Century China in Words and Pictures with Isabella Bird.” A Century of Travels in China: Critical Essays on Travel Writing from the 1840s to the 1940s. Eds. Douglas Kerr and Julia Kuehn. Hong Kong University Press, 2007.
  • “Jane Austen, Travel, and International Relations.” Re-Drawing Austen: Picturesque Travels in Austenland. Ed. Beatric Battaglia. Bologna: Universita di Bologna Press, 2004.
  • “Designing Woman, Designing North Borneo.” Trans-Status Subjects: Gender in the Globalization of South and Southeast Asia. Eds. Sonita Sarker and Esha Niyogi De. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2002.
  • “Chinese Coolies, Hidden Perfume and Harriet Beecher Stowe in Anna Leonowens’sThe Romance of the Harem.” White Women in Racialized Spaces. Eds. Samina Najmi and Rajini Srikanth. Albany, NY.: SUNY Press, 2002.
  • A critical edition of Ada Pryer’s 1894 A Decade in Borneo. Leicester University Press, 2001, For the Travel Series, Australian National University.
  • “Recent Studies in the Nineteenth Century.” Year in Review article on 200 books in nineteenth-century British studies. Studies in English Literature, 40, 4 (Autumn 2000).
  • Place Matters: Gendered Geography in Victorian Women’s Travel Writings about Southeast Asia. Rutgers University Press, February 1996.
  • A reading edition of Marianne North’s 1892 Recollections of a Happy Life, Vol I. The University Press of Virginia, 1993, for their Victorian Studies Series (cloth and paperback).
  • A reading edition of Anna Leonowens’s 1873 The Romance of the Harem. The University Press of Virginia, 1991, for their Victorian Studies Series (cloth and paperback).
  • Sisters in Time: Imagining Gender in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction. Oxford University Press, 1989.
  • In The Meantime: Character and Perception in Jane Austen’s Fiction. The University of Chicago Press, 1980.

Grants and Awards

  • 2011-12. Cloud Lecturer, College of William and Mary
  • 2009. Bombay Anna named one of "Best of The Best from the University Presses," American Library Association
  • 2007, 2004: Philip and Elaine Hampton Fund Award
  • 2005: Distinguished Scholar of the Graduate Faculty, Miami University
  • 2011, 2004, 1997: Assigned Research Appointment, Miami University
  • 2003, 1995: Nominee, Outstanding Professor Award
  • 2003. Fulbright Grant, Pune, India (regretfully declined)
  • 2000-. Miami University Distinguished Professor Award
  • 2000. Miami University Outstanding Professor Award
  • 2000. Miami University Distinguished Scholar Award
  • 1999. Jane Austen Society, North American Scholar Award
  • 1998-99: JASNA Traveling Scholar
  • 1997-98. Guggenheim Fellowship, "Anna Leonowens Biography."
  • 1994: Delta Delta Delta Outstanding Professor
  • 1993-94. NEH Fellowship, "Place Matters."
  • 1989: Mellon Faculty Development Grant
  • 1987: Huntington Library Research Fellow
  • 1985. Mellon Grant (gender theory in Australia)
  • 1983. ACLS Summer Research Grant, "Sisters in Time."

Work in Progress

Professor Morgan is currently working on a book-length study of “traveling discourses” of colonial education in a range of forms, including the “Madras System” of monitorial education, colonial Mechanics Institutes, governesses and their emigration, and missionary schools in the Pacific.