Christine A. Wooley

Professor of English

Christine A. Wooley


Christine Wooley joined the St. Mary’s English Department in 2005. An English and Women and Gender Studies double major as an undergraduate at Amherst College, she received her MA and PhD in English from the University of Washington. Her current research takes up the intersection of financial and interracial relationships in US literature from the long nineteenth century, and her book on this subject, Make Capital Out of Their Sympathy: Debt and Payment in Postbellum African American Literature is forthcoming from Clemson University Press. Wooley’s essays on postbellum African-American fiction have appeared in the African American Review, Mississippi Quarterly, and most recently, PMLA. Currently serving as an associate dean at SMCM, she is also a member of the Association of Departments of English executive committee.  

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Postbellum African-American Literature
  • Literary representations of money
  • American sentimental narratives

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • American literature in the long nineteenth century
  • African-American literature
  • Introducing criticism and theory


  • B.A. in English; Women's and Gender Studies at Amherst College, 1995
  • M.A. in English Literature at University of Washington, 1999
  • Ph.D. in English Literature at University of Washington, 2004


  • “Held in Checks: Du Bois, Johnson, and the Figurative Work of Financial Forms”

    Essay appearing in the May 2019 issue of PMLA.

  • "African American Realism"

    Chapter appearing in The Oxford Handbook to American Literary Realism, Oxford UP, 2019.

  • "Persistence of Parts: Incorporation in Moby-Dick"

    Panel presentation at Melville's Origins: The Twelfth International Melville Society Conference, June 2019, New York, NY