Anna Mae Duane

Professor, Department of English, University of Connecticut, Storrs

Contact: amduane1@gmail.com or anna.duane@uconn.edu 


2022-present: Full Professor, English, University of Connecticut, Storrs 

2010-2022:  Associate Professor, English, University of Connecticut, Storrs

2009-2012: Director, American Studies Program, University of Connecticut, Storrs

2004-2009: Coordinator, Tri-Campus American Studies, University of Connecticut

2004- 2009: Assistant Professor, English, University of Connecticut, Storrs and Torrington


Research Awards

2022 University of Connecticut Humanities Institute Fellowship 

2019    Specialist Scholar, Fulbright Foundation

2016    Elected Member, American Antiquarian Society

2016   Invited Member, Yale Gilder Lehrman Center Working Group on Modern Slavery

2016    University of Connecticut Humanities Institute Fellowship

2008   Yale Gilder Lehrman Center Research Fellowship, October 2008

2007   National Endowment for the Humanities, Six-Month Faculty Fellowship

2006   Society of Early Americanists, Best Essay Prize, 2006

Teaching Awards

2021   UConn Provost General Education Award 

2016    National Project Scholar, NEH “Great Stories Club” Program

2013   National Endowment for the Humanities “Enduring Questions” Grant

2012   University of Connecticut Global Partnerships Grant

2011   Fulbright Lecturer Award, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

2008  Nominated, AAUP Teaching Promise Award, University of Connecticut

2006  UConn Provost General Education Grant



Educated for Freedom: The Incredible Story of Two Fugitive Schoolboys who Grew Up to Change a Nation (NYU Press, January 14, 2020).

Furious Feminisms: Alternate Routes on Mad Max Fury Road (University of Minnesota Press, December 2019). 

Co-editor, with Kate Capshaw. Who Writes for Black Children?: African American Children’s Literature before 1900. (University of Minnesota Press, 2017).

Editor, Child Slavery before and after Emancipation: An Argument for Child-Centered Slavery Studies (Cambridge UP, 2017).

Editor, The Children’s Table: Childhood Studies and the Humanities (Athens: University of Georgia Press, May 2013).

Suffering Childhood in Early America: Violence, Race, and the Making of the Child Victim (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2010).


Selected Interviews

Selected Publications

James McCune Smith and Medicine’s Racist Legacy. Avidly.org July 1, 2020

Hiding in Plain Sight, Gotham Blog, January 28, 2020

“The Shame of Rikers.” Slate.com July 13, 2017.

“Ebola, Zombies, and Our Viral Past.” Avidly.org. October 14, 2014.

“Does Dependence Create Ownership?” OpenDemocracy.net. November 17, 2015. 

Orphan Black’s Reproducing Body.” Avidly.org. May 29, 2014.

“The Happy Slave: Or Khaleesi’s American Dilemma.“Avidly. org. April 4, 2014.

Why Frank Underwood Hates Children.” Salon.com, March 5, 2014.

“The Walking Dead’s Scary, Necessary Lesson about American Childhood.” Salon.com. November 3, 2013.

“’Why Flynn is the real hero of ‘Breaking Bad.’” Salon.com. September 29, 2013.

“Interpreting the Narrative of Venture Smith” C-SPAN. Original Broadcast December 4, 2009.

Featured Expert, PBS History Detectives. Episode 709. Original Broadcast Aug. 24, 2009.


Co-Editor.  Common-place, An Interactive Journal of Early American Life Common-place.org (over 35,000 unique visitors per month) 2014-present

Co-Editor, with Sarah Chinn,.WSQ Special Issue “Child” 43. 1&2 (2015).


Anna Mae Duane and Erica Meiners. “Working Analogies: Slavery Now and Then,” in Fighting Modern Slavery: History and Contemporary Policy Eds. Jessica Pliley and Genvieve LeBaron (New York: Cambridge UP, 2021) 56-72.

Anna Mae Duane. “The Long History of Child Saving as Nation Building in the USA:

An Argument for Privileging Children’s Perspectives on Recovery.” In The Historical Roots of Human Trafficking, Eds. Makini Chisolm-Straker and Katherine Chon (New York: Springer, 2021) 217-231.

Anna Mae Duane. “The Price of Freedom: Racialized Female Desire in Early America” in The Cambridge Guide to Gender in American Literature eds. Jean Lutes and Jennifer Travis (New York: Cambridge UP, 2021): 23-36.

Anna Mae Duane. “’All Boys are Bound to Someone’”: Reimagining Freedom in the History of Child Slavery,” in Swanson, E., & Stewart, J. eds. Human Bondage and Abolition: New Histories of Past and Present Slaveries (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018): 173-190.

“Dead and Disabled: The Crawling Monsters of the Walking Dead,” in Zombie Theory, ed. Sarah Lauro. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017).

“Can You Be Surprised by My Discouragement?” Education and Colonization at the New York African Free School in Warring for America: Cultural Contests in the Era of 1812.eds. Nicole Eustace and Fredrika Teute (Omohundro Institute, UNC Press, 2017).

“What’s Best for Them: Teaching Disability Studies to Science Majors” Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy 25.2 (Winter 2016): 175-178.

“Volunteering as Tribute: Disability, Globalization and The Hunger Games” in Disability, Human Rights, and the Limits of Humanitarianism eds. Cathy Schlund-Vials and Michael Gill (Ashgate 2014).

“The Angel and the Freak: The Value of Childhood and Disability in Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love.” Studies in American Fiction, 39.1 (2012): 103–122.

“Susannah Rowson, Hannah Webster Foster, and the Seduction Novel in the Early US.” Cambridge History of the American Novel. eds. Leonard Cassuto, Clare Eby, Benjamin Reiss (Cambridge: Cambridge UP 2011).

“Like A Motherless Child: Racial Education at The New York African Free School and in My Bondage and My Freedom.” American Literature, 82.3 (September 2010): 461-488.

“Pregnancy and the New Birth in Charlotte Temple and The Coquette,” Charlotte Temple, Norton Critical Edition, ed. Marion Rust. (New York: W.W. Norton, 2010): 165-182.

“Keeping His Word: Money, Love and Privacy in the Narrative of Venture Smith” in Venture Smith and the Business of Slavery and Freedom, ed. James B. Stewart. (Amherst: UMass University Press, 2010): 184-206.

Anna Mae Duane and Thomas Thurston, “Introduction.” Hope is the First Great Blessing: Leaves from the New York African Free School Presentation Book 1812-1826, (New York: The New-York Historical Society, 2008) 17-26.

Examination Days: The New York African Free School Collection” Content Provider. Solicited by The Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University and the New-York Historical Society  (Fall 2007)

“Remaking Black Motherhood in Frank J. Webb’s The Garies and their Friends,” African American Review, 38.2 (Summer 2004): 201-212.

“Casualties of the Rod: Rebellious Children, Disciplining Indians and the Critique of Colonial Authority in Puritan New England,” Messy Beginnings: Postcoloniality and Early American Studies, eds. Malini Schueller and Edward Watts (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2003) 63-75.

“’Confusions of Guilt and Complications of Evil’: Hysteria and the High Price of Love at Mansfield Park Studies in the Novel 33.4 ( 402-415).



“Reading Black Children in the 19th Century: A New Origin Story.” University of Pittsburgh, September 29, 2016.

“Child Matters” University of Indiana. October 23-24, 2015.

American Antiquarian Society Summer Seminar, “Reading Children” June 25, 2016.

Invited Speaker, “The Crawling Dead: Disability and the Zombie’s Revenge.” Zombethics Symposium, Emory Center for Bioethics, October 31, 2014.

“Future of the Field Symposium: The Children’s Table,” Texas A & M University, April 2013.

“Education, Emulation and Imagining Nation in the Sylvester Manor Archives, New York University, March 2013.

“Suffering Childhood in Early America,” LITRA, University of Ghent, Belgium, April 2011.

“Ambassador, Witch, Student, Victim: The Many Faces of Childhood in Early America.” Fraunces Tavern Museum, New York City, November 2010.

“Paternalism and Performance at the New York African Free School,” Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Yale University, October 2008.

Speaker and Facilitator, Media Reception for Hope is the First Great Blessing: Leaves from the New York African Free School Presentation Book, New-York Historical Society, February, 2008.

“Performing Freedom at the New York African Free School,” Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Yale University, November 2007.


“Childish Things” Legacy (Forthcoming, 2014).

“Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights. Robin Bernstein.” (review) MELUS April 2013.

“Gender and Childhood” Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies, Ed. Heather Montgomery (New York: Oxford University Press, September 2012).

Tituba of Salem Village (review).” The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 5.1 (2012): 154-156.

“An Uneasy Union: Pain, Pleasure and Power in American Sentimental Literature,” Novel 33.2 (2000): 256-258.

Reviewing, Refereeing, and Judging

Peer Reviewer: William and Mary QuarterlyJournal of American Studies, MELUS, American PeriodicalsMosaicChildren’s Literature Association Quarterly and Journal for the History of Childhood and Youth.

2013 Reviewer, Polish-US Fulbright Commission Fulbright Research Award to the US.

2013 Reviewer, Fulbright Commission on Poland/Romania.

2010-2012 Reviewer, Fulbright Commission Belgium/EU/Lux/Poland.

2010 Reviewer, NEH Awards to Faculty Panel: American Literature and Studies.

2007  Judge, Society of Early Americanists Best Essay Award

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