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Julia P. McLeod UTK English

Julia P. McLeod

Senior Lecturer

2340 Dunford Hall


Julia P. McLeod specializes in 19th– and 20th-century American literature, focusing primarily on material culture, economics, and historicist studies. She is interested in intersections of American capitalism and economic expansion and their effects on social and cultural paradigms, particularly in relation to women and work, beginning with the Industrial Revolution and extending into the Progressive Era and the twentieth-century. Her dissertation, “Home/Economics: Enterprise, Property, and Money in Women’s Domestic Fiction, 1860-1930,” examines portrayals of entrepreneurial women by American authors including Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Willa Cather, Pauline E. Hopkins, and Ellen Glasgow. She is also interested in the literature of the South and the preservation of the region’s traditional folklore and foodways.


  • B.A. English, Campbell University
  • M.A. English, Western Carolina University
  • Ph.D. English, University of Tennessee


  • “Birdlime: Sticky Entrapments in Renaissance Drama.” Renaissance Papers 2011. Eds. Andrew Shifflett and Edward Gieskes. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2012. 65-77.
  • “The Woman Proprietor in Elizabeth Stuart Phelps’s The Silent Partner: Social Reform Novel as Paradigm of John Stuart Mill’s Liberal Political Economy.” The Fictions of American Capitalism: Working Fictions and the Economic Novel. Eds. Jacques-Henri Coste and Vincent Dussol. London: Palgrave Macmillan, Spring 2020.

Professional Service

  • Mentor, Graduate Teaching Associate Training Program, University of Tennessee, 2011-2013, 2015
  • Member, Western Carolina University Graduate Education Advancement Committee, 2013
  • Panel Chair and Volunteer, NEXUS Conference, University of Tennessee, March 2012
  • Organizer, Graduate Student Workshop on Conference Presentations, Spring 2012
  • Secretary Treasurer, Graduate Students of English, University of Tennessee, 2011-2012
  • Member, First-Year Composition Assessment Committee, Western Carolina University, 2009-2010
  • Faculty Honoree, Western P.E.A.K.S., Department of Residential Living and Resident Student Success, Western Carolina University, February 2009
  • Faculty Host, Etiquette Dinner, Western Carolina University Career Services and Cooperative Education, 2009
  • Member, First-Year Composition Workshops Committee, Western Carolina University, 2008-2009
  • Editing Support, Student Professional Writing and Editing Project, Western Carolina University, Fall 2008
  • Member, First-Year Composition Curriculum Committee, Western Carolina University English Department, 2007-2008
  • Judge, NC Graduation Projects, West Henderson High School, Hendersonville, NC, 2008

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award 2018, University of Tennessee English Department
  • Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award top three finalist, 2017, University of Tennessee English Department
  • Chancellor’s Teaching Award Nominee, 2017-2018, University of Tennessee
  • Hodges Research Award, Spring 2017, University of Tennessee English Department
  • WCU CATALYST Alumni Award, Summer 2015, Western Carolina University College of Arts and Sciences Advancement Council
  • Durant da Ponte American Literature Fellowship, Spring 2015, University of Tennessee English Department
  • Norman J. Sanders Dissertation Fellowship, 2013-2014, University of Tennessee English Department
  • Percy Adams Research Assistantship, 2013-2014, University of Tennessee English Department
  • Theodore L. Huguelet Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, 2008, Western Carolina University English Department

Associations & Organizations

  • Modern Language Association
  • South Atlantic Modern Language Association
  • Appalachian Studies Association
  • Southern Foodways Alliance
  • Kate Chopin Society
  • Ellen Glasgow Society
  • Invited Lectures
  • “Effective Mentoring Relationships,” First-Year Composition Program Orientation Workshop, University of Tennessee, 2015