Dr. William Pannapacker

The DuMez Professor of English/Sr. Dir. Mellon Grand Challenges Initiative
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William Pannapacker joined the Hope College faculty in 2000. He is the DuMez Professor of English and the Senior Director of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grand Challenges Presidential Initiative.

Area of expertise

William writes and teaches courses on American literature and culture, film studies, environmental writing, opinion journalism and comedy writing.


  • Ph.D., American civilization, Harvard University, 2000
  • A.M., English, Harvard University, 1995
  • M.A., English, University of Miami, 1993
  • B.A., English, Saint Joseph's University, 1990

Honors, grants and awards

  • Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award, Hope College, 2017
  • Provost’s Award for Service to the Academic Program, Hope College, 2014
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Liberal Arts Colleges Program ($200,000 in 2009, $500,000 in 2013, $800,000 in 2016)
  • Towsley Research Scholar, Hope College, 2003–2006
  • Whiting Foundation Fellow, 1999–2000
  • Bowdoin Prize, Harvard University, 1994, 1999
  • Helen Choate Bell Prize for American Literature, Harvard University, 1995, 1998

Selected publications


  • Walt Whitman’s Philadelphia, in progress
  • Revised Lives: Walt Whitman and Nineteenth-Century Authorship, Routledge, 2004

Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Werner Twertzog Tweets,” Best American Nonrequired Reading, ed. Sarah Vowell, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
  • “Walt Whitman’s Philadelphia,” Walt Whitman In Context, eds. Ed Whitley and Joanna Levin, Cambridge University Press, 2017
  • “Literary Magazines” and “Literary Societies,” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, 2016
  • “Life in a Liberal Arts College,” How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
  • “Launching the GLCA Digital Liberal Arts Initiative,” The Beacon, fall 2014
  • “Taking the Liberal Arts Online in the Summer,” Chronicle of Higher Education, May 5, 2014.
  • “No More Digitally Challenged Liberal-Arts Majors,” Chronicle of Higher Education, November 18, 2013
  • “Hacking and Yacking about the Digital Humanities,” Chronicle of Higher Education, September 2, 2013
  • “Cultivating Partnerships in the Digital Humanities.” Chronicle of Higher Education, May 13, 2013
  • “A Liberal Arts Foundation,” in “Room for Debate.” The New York Times, March 24, 2013
  • “Stop Calling it ‘Digital Humanities,’” Chronicle of Higher Education, February 18, 2013
  • “No More Indiana Jones Warehouses,” Chronicle of Higher Education, November 26, 2012
  • “Walt Whitman,” American Literary Scholarship, Duke University Press, 2005–2009
  • “Leaves of Grass (1855) and the Cities of Whitman’s Memory,” Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays, University of Nebraska Press, 2007
  • “Whitman and the City,” A Companion to Walt Whitman, Blackwell Publishing, 2005
  • “Whitman’s Philadelphia and Whitman’s Camden: Retrospect and Prospect,” Mickle Street Review: A Journal of Whitman and American Studies, 2005
  • “Autobiography,” American Voices: American Literary Contexts, 1820–1870, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005
  • “Autobiography,” American Voices: American Literary Contexts, 1870–1920, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005
  • “Biography,” American Voices: American Literary Contexts, 1870-1920, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005
  • “Edward Carpenter, Walt Whitman, and Working-Class ‘Comradeship,’” Mapping Male Sexuality: Nineteenth-Century England, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000
  • “A Question of ‘Character’: Visual Images and the Nineteenth-Century Construction of Edgar Allan Poe.” Harvard Library Bulletin 7.3, 1996

View all of William Pannapacker’s published work in Digital Commons

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