Early American Literature and Religious History; Antebellum American Literature, especially Transcendentalism; Early African American Literature; American Women Writers
Michael Monescalchi received his Ph.D. from Rutgers' English Department in October 2019. Michael's dissertation, A Disinterested Republic: Reform and New Divinity Theology in Early America, offers an evangelical - as opposed to a typically civic republican - history of disinterestedness and uncovers the term's importance for reform writings in the period, especially in regards to slavery and urban poverty relief efforts. Portions of his dissertation have been published in Early American Literature and Common-place.
Michael is currently a Teaching Instructor in Rutgers' Writing Program and is also a Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania's McNeil Center for Early American Studies, where he was previously the Barra Dissertation Fellow and Carpenter Fellow in Early American Religious Studies. In 2015, Michael received the Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education Award from Rutgers' School of Arts and Sciences.