Portrait of Wendy Martin

Wendy Martin is a professor of American literature and American studies in Claremont Graduate University’s English Department. Throughout her accomplished career, Martin’s research has been primarily focused in early American literature from the Puritans and throughout the centuries, especially female American poets. Her courses at CGU include these research interests as well as courses in 20th-century American drama, American autobiographies, jazz aesthetic, and the American frontier.

Before coming to CGU, Martin taught at Queens College and CUNY and served as visiting faculty at Stanford University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and UCLA. At CGU, she has acted as chair of the English Department, director of the Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards, and as a member of the Faculty Executive Committee. She is also on the editorial boards of the Heath Anthology of American Literature and the Gender and Culture series of the University of North Carolina Press.

In 1972, Martin founded and has continued to edit Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. This journal opens its pages to scholarship about women in the fields of literature, history, art, sociology, law, political science, economics, anthropology, and the sciences. The journal has also featured poetry, film, and book reviews.

Martin’s recent publication, The Routledge Introduction to American Women Writers (co-edited with Sharone Williams, Routledge, 2016), chronicles important cultural, historical, literary, and intellectual contexts for women writers from the 17th century to the present.

Co-authored with Sharone Williams. The Routledge Introduction to American Women Writers. London: Routledge, 2016.

Ed., All Things Dickinson [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of Emily Dickinson’s World. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Publishing, 2014.

Ed., Best of Times, Worst of Times: Contemporary American Short Stories from the New Gilded Age. New York: NYU Press, 2011.

The Cambridge Introduction to Emily Dickinson. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Ed., We Are the Stories We Tell: The Best Short Stories by North American Women Writers Since 1945. New York: Pantheon, 1990.

An American Triptych: The Lives and Work of Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, and Adrienne Rich. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 1984.

The American Century: Literature & Culture 1900–2000
Transdisciplinary Inquiry: Theory & Practice
American Poetry from the Puritans to the Modernists
Gender in American Literature, 1900–Present