|Department||English and Modern Languages|
Ph.D., University of Miami, 2018
M.A., University of Central Florida, 2012
B.A., New York University, 2009
Areas of Research and Teaching
ENGL 461: Introduction to Theory / Senior Seminar
ENGL 440: Studies in Literary History - Transpacific Crossings in American Literature and Film
ENGL 366: Perspectives: Community and Consumer Culture in American Literature and Music
ENGL 336: American Literature: Realism to Contemporary
ENGL 210: Forms and Genres: Roots (and Offshoots) of the African American Gothic Tale
ENGL 209: Introduction to Literary Analysis
ENGL 165: Writing and Rhetoric: Writing About Public Health and Social Justice Across the Disciplines
Dr. Spencer Tricker completed his Ph.D. in English at the University of Miami in 2018. Before coming to Longwood, he taught courses in literature, popular culture, and composition at the University of Miami, 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: Liberalism, Cosmopolitanism, and Empire in Transpacific Literature (1850-1920), examines these issues in relation to geopolitics, periodical culture, and literary aesthetics. An article from this project, “‘Five Dusky Phantoms’: Gothic Form and Cosmopolitan Shipwreck in Melville's Moby-Dick” appears in the journal Studies in American Fiction and won the Melville Society’s annual Hennig Cohen prize in 2018 for the “best article, book chapter, or essay in a book about Herman Melville.
Recently, Dr. Tricker has been involved in the creation of a new minor in Race and Ethnic Studies at Longwood University. In Spring 2021, he will co-teach a pilot to the Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies course with Professor Shayla Betts (Department of Social Work).