Shalyn Claggett

Shalyn Claggett

Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies


2505 Lee Hall
662-325-2357 Department of English
P.O. Box E
Mississippi State, MS 39762


  • Ph.D.  2005  Vanderbilt University
  • M.A.  2001  Vanderbilt University
  • B.A.  2000  Truman State University

Teaching Interests

Nineteenth-century British literature, literary theory, science and literature

Recent Courses


Shalyn Claggett teaches courses on nineteenth-century British literature and literary theory. She is the co-editor (with Lara Karpenko) of Strange Science: Investigating the Limits of Knowledge in the Victorian Age (University of Michigan Press, 2017), a collection that explores unconventional forms of scientific inquiry and its cultural representation in Britain during the Victorian period. She is currently at work on a book titled Equal Natures: Popular Science, the Brain, and Victorian Women’s Writing, which explores how notable women authors, including Harriet Martineau, Anne Brontë, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and George Eliot, addressed the implications of the popular nineteenth-century science of phrenology. Her essays have been published in such journals as Nineteenth-Century Contexts, SEL, Victorian Literature and Culture, Prose Studies, and the Journal of Narrative Theory.



Strange Science: Investigating the Limits of Knowledge in the Victorian Age Book CoverStrange Science: Investigating the Limits of Knowledge in the Victorian Age (Co-edited with Lara Karpenko), Michigan University Press, 2017.

Equal Natures: Popular Science, the Brain, and Victorian Women's Writing (In Progress).

Articles and Essays

Professional Honors and Awards

  • 2015 College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Award for the Humanities, Mississippi State University.
  • Mississippi State University's 2012 Humanities Teacher of the Year (College of Arts & Sciences and Mississippi Humanities Council).
  • Selected for the Project Narrative Summer Institute, led by Robyn Warhol and James Phelan at the Ohio State University, 2010.

Professional Service

  • Treasurer, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS), 2017-2019
  • Board Member, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS), 2014-2016.

Conference Committees

  • North American Victorian Studies Association Conference (2011)
  • International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference (2012, 2015).


  • PMLA
  • Genre
  • Pickering and Chatto
  • Journal of Narrative Theory
  • Victorians Institute Journal
  • Nineteenth-Century Studies

Faculty & Staff