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Brigitte Fielder

Brigitte Fielder

Expert in nineteenth-century American literature, especially African American and women writers; children's literature; race, gender, and sexuality; American Girl books.

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature College of Letters and Science Work: 608-262-3059 Home page


  • Race and reproduction, interracial families and kinship, and interracial adoption in culture, politics, and history.
  • African American children, as readers of and as represented in children's literature from nineteenth century to present.
  • American Girl books and dolls. Representation of girlhood in historical fiction book and doll series.
  • Representation of animals and human-animal relationships in culture, politics, and history.
  • African American women and African American women writers in culture, politics, and history.


  • Last Fellow in Historic American Visual Culture at the American Antiquarian Society, 2011.
  • Fellow, Wesleyan University Animal Studies Program, 2012 & 2016.
  • Recipient of inaugural Lydia Maria Child Society Social Justice Award, 2016.
  • Author of journal articles in Early American Studies, American Quarterly, J19: Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, and Studies in American Fiction.