Spencer Tricker
Asst Prof- English

Email trickers@longwood.edu
Phone (434) 395-2167
Department English and Modern Languages
Office Grainger G08


PhD, University of Miami, 2018

MA, University of Central Florida, 2012

BA, New York University, 2009


Areas of Research and Teaching

  • American Literature (nineteenth century to present)
  • Asian American Studies
  • Transpacific Studies
  • Decolonization and Postcolonial Studies
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Literary Criticism and Theory
  • African American Literature
  • Latinx American Literature


ENGL 440: Studies in Literary History - Transpacific Crossings in American Literature and Film

ENGL 336: American Literature Realism to Contemporary

ENGL 210: Forms and Genres

ENGL 209: Introduction to Literary Analysis

ENGL 165: Writing and Rhetoric


Dr. Spencer Tricker completed his PhD at the University of Miami in 2018. He has also taught courses in literature, popular culture, and composition at Clemson University, the University of Central Florida, and Seminole State College.

As a scholar of nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, transpacific studies, and Asian American studies, Dr. Tricker's research explores issues of race, U.S. imperialism, and immigration. His book manuscript, Imminent Communities: Transpacific Literary Form and Racialization, examines these issues in relation to discrepant notions of cosmopolitanism, geography, and aesthetics. An article from this project, “‘Five Dusky Phantoms’: Gothic Form and Cosmopolitan Shipwreck in Melville's Moby-Dick” appears in Studies in American Fiction and won the Melville Society’s Hennig Cohen prize in 2018 for the “best article, book chapter, or essay in a book about Herman Melville.

As a new faculty member (Fall 2019), Dr. Tricker is especially looking forward to supporting the cause of diversity and inclusion at Longwood, as well as fostering student engagement with Farmville's historic connection to the Civil Rights Movement.