Dana Van Kooy

Dana Van Kooy


  • Associate Professor, English in Transnational Literature, Literary Theory and Culture
  • Director, RTC Graduate Program
  • PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder


My essays have appeared in Studies in Romanticism, Romantic Textualities, The Keats-Shelley Review, Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, and Literature Compass. They have also been published as chapters in A Cultural Hisotry of Tragedy: In the Age of Empire, edited by Michael Gamer and Diego Saglia (2020) and The Visual Life of Romantic Theater, 1780-1830, edited by Diane Piccitto and Terry F. Robinson (2023). 

Undergraduate Teaching: I teach a wide range of literature courses that support the BA program in English at MTU. These include Introduction to Literature, Gender and Culture, Literary Criticism and Theory, Shakespeare, Studies in Drama, Studies in the Novel, Literature and the Environment, Literature Across Borders, and Science Fiction.

Graduate Teaching: I teach a variety of literature and theory based courses for the Humanities graduate program in Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture (RTC). I welcome enquiries from doctoral students interested in any of the areas of my research.

Research Interests

  • Transnational and Global Romanticism
  • Drama and Theatre History
  • Performance Theory; Literary and Cultural Theory; Affect
  • The Black Atlantic and Circum-Atlantic, specifically, the Caribbean, Scotland and Ireland; Cultural reappraisals of Imperial histories
  • Literature and the Environment; Ecology; Eco-Criticism; Plantationocene