Mollie Barnes, PhD

Mollie Barnes, PhD   

Associate Professor of English

Library Room 255
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Office: 843-208-8367
Mollie Barnes, PhD

My name is Mollie Barnes, and I’m an Associate Professor of English at USCB. My specialty is nineteenth-century U.S. literature—a field that invites us to trace dynamic changes in our world, globally and locally, at the same time.

Most falls, I teach Composition and Rhetoric, Introduction to English Studies, and an upper-division literature seminar. Most springs, I teach Composition and Literature, Survey of American Literatures, and an upper-division literature seminar. My expertise in nineteenth-century women writers shapes my seminars in African-American Literature; American Literature, 1830–1860; American Literature, 1860–1910; American Novel to 1914; Historical Literature; and Transatlantic Literature.

I’ve published articles and chapters on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Margaret Fuller, Charlotte Forten Grimké, Fanny Kemble, Emma Lazarus, and Edith Wharton. My book project—Real-Life Heroines: How Women Reformers Wrote One Another’s Lives in the Sea Islands, 1838–1902—studies activist women’s letters, journals/diaries, and biographies, and it examines how Black and white women activists represented/misrepresented and wrote one another in and out of local literary histories.

I serve as Second Vice President of the Margaret Fuller Society. Fuller is the heart of my teaching and scholarship; her weekly conversazione drew people to her work and into her circle, and with well-known intensity that matches the respect she now garners as an author and editor, an activist and feminist. I count Fuller’s love of conversation as just one of many literary pearls reminding me how fortunate I am to think and talk about ideas with good people each day.


  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Research

PhD in English. University of Georgia 2012

BA in English. Agnes Scott College 2006

  • ENGL B102 - Composition and Literature
  • ENGL B200 - Intro to English Studies
  • 19th Century US Literature
  • 19th Century American Women Writers