Michele Speitz

Michele Speitz

Director, Furman Humanities Center; Associate Professor, English Literature

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Michele Speitz specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, with particular interests in Romanticism, critical theory, aesthetics and poetics, and science and technology studies. Dr. Speitz has been the recipient of the Trent R. Dames Fellowship in the History of Civil Engineering from The Huntington Library’s Munger Research Center (2013-2014). Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in SEL Studies in English Literature: 1500-1900: Restoration and Eighteenth Century, Romantic Circles Praxis Series, Essays in Romanticism, and The Keats-Shelley Review. She is currently developing a monograph on Romantic-era representations of technology.

Dr. Speitz offers courses on the novel, poetry, aesthetic theory, literature and the environment, the philosophy of technology, science fiction, and literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is an Affiliate Faculty member with the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability as well as an avid hiker and backpacker.​


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder
  • M.A., University of California at Santa Cruz
  • B.A., California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo