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Tom J. Hillard

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(208) 426-2991 | LA-233

Dr. Hillard teaches in the Literature program, regularly offering courses on early American literature, environmental literary studies, and the literary Gothic.

His research and scholarship focuses on the intersections between fear, writing about nature, and the Gothic in American literature and culture; he is currently working on several projects related to ecocriticism and the work of Nathaniel Hawthorne. He is co-editor of the book Before the West Was West: Critical Essays on Pre-1800 Literature of the American Frontiers (University of Nebraska Press, 2014).

Dr. Hillard is a former co-editor of the Boise State University Western Writers Series. He now serves as Book Review Editor for the Oxford University Press journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.


  • Ph.D.,English, University of Arizona
  • M.A., English, Literature and Environment, University of Nevada
  • B.A., English, Boise State University


Early American and 19th-century American literature, ecocriticism/literature and the environment, Gothic literature

Recent Publications

  • Before the West Was West: Critical Essays on Pre-1800 Literature of the American Frontiers. Co-edited with Amy T. Hamilton. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2014.
  • “From Salem Witch to Blair Witch: The Puritan Influence on American Gothic Nature.” EcoGothic. Ed. Andrew Smith and William Hughes. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2013. 103-119.
  • “Before the West Was West: Rethinking the Temporal Borders of Western American Literature.” (co-authored with Amy T. Hamilton) Western American Literature 47.3 (2012): 287-307.


  • ENGL 275 Methods of Literary Studies
  • ENGL 394 Literature and Environment
  • ENGL 375 Early American Literature
  • ENGL 377 American Renaissance
  • ENGL 530 American Gothic Literature

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