Associate Professor of English, University of Miami
I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in early American and nineteenth-century U.S. literature. Currently, I am completing a book about anti-federal politics and paramilitary historical romances in the early U.S. republic. I also belong to an interdisciplinary team of University of Miami researchers studying the spread of online extremist conspiracy theories.
My first book is Novel Nostalgias (Ohio State, 2015). With Edward Watts and Keri Holt, I co-edited a collection of essays, Mapping Region in Early American Writing (Georgia, 2015). My work has also appeared in ESQ, Modernist Cultures, MLQ, Early American Literature, and The Henry James Review. I have essays forthcoming in Democracies in America (eds. Laski and Emerson; Oxford, 2021) and the Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Politics (ed. Kerkering; Cambridge, 2022).
I received my Ph.D. in Literatures in English from Brown University (2008), an M.A. in English from the University of Minnesota (2002), and a B.A. in English from Creighton University (2000).
"Novel Nostalgias presents an expertly researched selection of US authors who variously absorb and explode nostalgia’s peculiar power. At the same time, it recovers the ambivalence with which both novelists and readers assess the dizzying array of nostalgic antagonisms shaping our political conversations. For these reasons alone, Funchion’s contribution to our intellectual history of the nineteenth century cannot be ignored."
American Literary History Online Review
SUMMER B 2020
Edgar Allan Poe