Meredith Farmer

Ph.D. English and Comparative Literature.

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2016.


B.A. English, Philosophy, and the Integrated Program in Humanities, Kenyon College, 2005.

Academic Employment

Assistant Teaching Professor, Wake Forest University (2016-present) 

Visiting Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University (2012-2013; 2015-2016)

External Fellowships

Smithsonian Institution Libraries (2019)

New Bedford Whaling Museum (2016)

Chemical Heritage Foundation (2015)

Bakken Museum of Electricity and Life (2014)

Smithsonian Institution Libraries (2014)

American Philosophical Society (2013)

Service to the Profession

Melville Society, Associate Secretary and Member of the Executive Committee (2017-2020)

Modern Language Association, Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession (2016-2019)

C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Communications Committee (2015-2017)

Book Project

Melville’s Leaks: Science, Materialism, and the Reconstitution of Persons (under advance contract, Northwestern University Press).

Editorial Projects

Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn

Edited with Jonathan Schroeder; under contract Minnesota UP.

"Melville and Materialisms," Special Issue of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies (under development with Michael Jonik).

Recent and Forthcoming Work 

“Invisible Whales and Subtle Agencies” Speculative Materialisms in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Christian Haines, Mark Noble, and Renée Bergland (solicited, under development).

“Natural Humans, Arbitrary Persons, and Expatriated       White Jackets” Oxford Handbook on Herman Melville, ed. Jennifer Greiman and Michael Jonik (solicited, under development, Oxford UP).

“Introduction: Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn” (under contract, Minnesota UP).

“‘Death Trellised Life’: Melville and the Model of Early Organic Chemistry,” Arizona Quarterly, forthcoming special issue.

“The Confidence-Man and the Avatar.” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, Special Issue on The Confidence-Man Today, ed. Rodrigo Lazo (forthcoming, October 2019).

“A Natural History of Intellect?” Approaches to Teaching Emerson’s Essays and Other Works, ed. Long and Meehan, New York: Modern Language Association, August 2018.

"A Brief History of the Origin of the Melville Society:    Bezanson Archive Fellowship Report,Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, June 2017.

Herman Melville and Joseph Henry at the Albany Academy; or, Melville’s Education in Mathematics and Science,Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, June 2016.