Allison Speicher

Speicher photoProfessor Allison Speicher started teaching at Eastern in 2014 after earning her PhD in nineteenth-century American literature at Indiana University.  She teaches American and children’s literature, including multiple courses for future teachers, and also enjoys working with Women’s and Gender Studies students.  As a scholar, Speicher works to bring understudied texts to light and to value the voices and experiences of long-forgotten authors.  Her research on the nineteenth-century American school story brings together literary studies and the history of education and poses questions about literature’s ability to create social change.  She is co-editor of the Country School Journal and webmistress of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Society, as well as the faculty advisor of Eastern’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta.

Dr. Speicher’s teaching is guided by the wisdom of her favorite undergraduate Education professor: “Your students won’t remember everything you teach them, but they’ll always remember how you made them feel.”

Selected Publications

  • Speicher, Allison. Schooling Readers: Reading Common Schools in Nineteenth- Century American Fiction. University of Alabama Press, 2016.
  • Speicher, Allison. “The School of One School: Schoolmistress-Schoolboy Romance in the Nineteenth-Century School Story.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly. Summer 2017 (forthcoming)
  • Speicher, Allison. “The Schooldays of Topsy and Friday: Edward Everett Hale’s Revision of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Robinson Crusoe.” ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture2 (2016): 319-353.
  • Speicher, Allison. “A Space For Science: Science Education and the Domestic in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Men.” Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History Of Ideas1 (2014): 63-85
  • Speicher, Allison. “Catharine Beecher Educates the West.” Connecticut Explored. Winter 2017 (forthcoming)