American Literary Studies
Vicki Vanbrocklin’s scholarship and teaching specializes in nineteenth-century American literatures with interests in nineteenth-century feminisms, nineteenth-century speculative fiction, and nineteenth-century critical race theory and gender studies. Her dissertation focuses on a new type of nineteenth-century womanhood, Lost Womanhood, that provides an alternate view of women outside of True and New Womanhood to include women who write against marriage, women who write about reproductive practices, and women of color who openly challenge white womanhood as a model. Her forthcoming article “The Sacred and Feminist Space of Loss: Susan Shelby Magoffin and Abortion” in the journal Women’s Studies explores the potential the lies underneath Magoffin’s choice to pen the word abortion when a codified language about reproduction exists for her to use.
She spent eight years teaching courses at the State College of Florida. Currently, she teaches courses in composition and literature as well as courses in the Women Studies department at the University of New Mexico. Additionally, she served as the graduate student assistant on the Rodolfo Anaya Lecture committee and has been nominated for 2019 CTE Teacher of the Year. Her conference presentations have focused on topics such as Latino Melancholy and Juan Manzano, Nelly Bly and Republican Practices, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps-women writers writing about divorce.