Harriet Linkin

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Harriet Kramer Linkin received her B.A. in English summa cum laude from Queens College, City University of New York in 1979, her M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan in 1981, and her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan in 1985.

Teaching and Professional Experience:

She joined the faculty at New Mexico State University in 1986 as an Assistant Professor of Nineteenth-Century British Literature, was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 1993, promoted to Professor in 2000, and recognized as a Distinguished Achievement Professor in 2013. She served as the English Department Undergraduate Adviser from 1987-96, the Director of Graduate Studies from 1998-02, the Director of Undergraduate Studies from 2002-04, the Department Head from 2004-08, and the Director of Undergraduate Studies from 2009-2012.

Teaching Emphases and Research Interests:

  • British Romanticism
  • Romantic Women Poets
  • William Blake
  • Mary Tighe
  • Gothic Literature
  • 18th-, 19th- and 20th-Century Women Writers

Since the early 1990s her research has focused on the work of Romantic-era women poets, with particular emphasis on the poetry of Mary Tighe (1772-1810), once best known for her influence on Keats but now recognized as a major Romantic-era writer. She has co-edited two essay collections that speak to the value of reading and teaching the writings of once-neglected or forgotten Romantic-era women poets, Approaches to Teaching Women Poets of the British Romantic Period (MLA, 1997) and Romanticism and Women Poets: Opening the Doors of Reception (Kentucky, 1999); the first scholarly edition of Tighe’s poetry and journals, The Collected Poems and Journals of Mary Tighe (Kentucky, 2005); the first print edition of Tighe’s manuscript novel “Selena,” Selena by Mary Tighe: A Scholarly Edition (Ashgate, 2012); and the first edition of Tighe’s two-volume 1805 manuscript collection of original poems and illustrations, Mary Tighe’s Verses Transcribed for H.T.: An Electronic Edition (Romantic Circles, 2015). In addition to Dr. Linkin’s work on Tighe and other Romantic-era women poets, her publications explore women’s literary history, how we are teaching Romanticism, feminist readings of canonical Romantic poets (especially Blake), and feminist approaches to nineteenth- and twentieth-century women writers, gender and language theory, and stylistics.


She received the Patricia Christmore Junior Faculty Award in 1989, the El Paso Natural Gas Faculty Achievement Award in 1996, an A&S Faculty Outstanding Achievement Award in 2006, the University Research Council Distinguished Career Award in 2008, the Manasse Research Award in 2011, and the Excellence in Academic Advising Award in 2012, and an A&S Research Award in 2014. 

Selected Publications:

Contact: hlinkin@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2240