Eric J. Sundquist
Johns Hopkins University
Language and literary scholar; Educator; Academic administrator
Humanities and Arts
Literature and Language Studies
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, Department of English, Johns Hopkins University. Scholar of American literature, especially African American literature, Jewish American literature, and Holocaust literature. Titles include King’s Dream (2009); Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America (2005), which received the Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute Book Award; To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature (1992), which received the Christian Gauss Award from Phi Beta Kappa and the James Russell Lowell Award from the Modern Language Association; The Hammers of Creation: Folk Culture in Modern African American Literature (1993); Faulkner: The House Divided (1985); and Home as Found: Authority and Genealogy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (1979), which received the Gustave Arlt Award from the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States. Editor of essay collections devoted to Mark Twain, Ralph Ellison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and W. E. B. Du Bois, and contributed to the Cambridge History of American Literature (reprinted as Empire and Slavery in American Literature, 1820-1865 ). Received Distinguished Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2007.