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Hillary Eklund

Associate Professor

Hillary Eklund
Hillary Eklund

Hillary Eklund completed her B.A. at the University of Washington (Comparative Literature; Comparative History of Ideas) and her Ph.D. in English at Duke University. Her scholarly interests include English Renaissance literature in a transatlantic context, and colonial American literature in English and Spanish. She is also interested in critical approaches to food, ecology, and the history of the book. Her book Literature and Moral Economy in the Early Modern Atlantic: Elegant Sufficiencies (Ashgate, 2015) traces how concepts of what it meant to have “enough” expanded in response to changing material conditions of the period. She has also published essays in Shakespeare Studies and in the forthcoming volume Eco-Approaches to Renaissance Texts: A Field Guide to Reading and Teaching. In the English department, Hillary teaches courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, early American literature, and writing. She is also involved in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Program in the Environment.


Ph.D., Duke University; B.A., University of Washington

Classes Taught

  • Writing About Literature
  • Reading Historically I
  • Shakespeare
  • New Worlds, Imagined Worlds: From Columbus to Avatar

Areas of Expertise

English Renaissance Literature in a Transatlantic Context, Colonial American Literature in English and Spanish, Food Studies, Ecology, History of the Book