Shealeen Meaney, PhD

Dr. Shealeen Meaney
Assistant Professor of English
: [email protected]
phone: (518) 244-2424
Office: Carriage House #1

Degree Information:

  • Ph.D. English, The University at Albany, SUNY, May 2006. 
  • M.A. English, University of Tennessee, May 1996.
  • B.A. English, College at Geneseo, SUNY, May 1994.  Magna Cum Laude.


“Skirts must be girded high”: Spaces of Subjectivity and Transgression in Post-Suffrage American Women’s Travel Writing

Courses Taught:

  • American Literature Since 1865
  • American Literature Before 1865
  • Modern American Novel
  • Native American Literature
  • African American Literature
  • Latino/a Literature
  • Women Writers
  • Critical Approaches to Literature
  • Introduction to English Studies
  • Canon, Canonicity, and Coverage
  • Language and Community
  • College Research and Writing
  • Women Changing the World


  • U.S. Women’s Travel Writing
  • Environmental Literature
  • Early 20th Century Young Women’s Adventure Fiction
  • Displacement and Mobility in Ethnic American Fiction
  • Service Learning and Civic Engagement

Recent Publications:


In Progress:

·         Guest Editor, “Women and Travel” a Special Issue of Women’s Studies:  An Interdisciplinary Journal.  Fall/Winter, 2011.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

·         “’Every head was bobbed’:  Anti-tourism, the Identity Market, and Women on the Road in the 1920s” Women’s Studies Quarterly. 39.3-4 (Fall/Winter 2010).

·         “’In my American fashion’:  National Identity, Race, and Gender Tourism.” Women’s Studies:  An Interdisciplinary Journal. 38.7 (October 2009).

·         “‘Sans Clothes and Sans Reproche’:  Wilderness, Necessity, and Transgression in Post-Suffrage American Women’s Travel Narratives.”  The Journal of Narrative Theory.  35.3 (Winter 2005).

Book Chapters:

·         “Helga Crane in West Egg:  Reading Quicksand and The Great Gatsby as a Case Study in Canonicity.” Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Nella Larsen.  Ed.  Jacquelyn Y. McLendon.  Forthcoming from MLA Publications 2011.


·         Book Reviews:

·         Tiffany M. Gill’s Beauty Shop Politics:  African American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry.  Multicultural Review.  Forthcoming 2010.

·         Malcom Garcia’s “Khaarijee:  A Chronicle of Friendship and War in Kabul.” Multicultural Review. Forthcoming 2010.

·         Rochelle Ratner’s “Mother and Child.” Multicultural Review. 19.1 (Spring 2010).

·         Maria Finn’s “Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home” Multicultural Review. 19.1 (Spring 2010).

·         Adele Barker’s “Not Quite Paradise:  An American Sojourn in Sri Lanka” Multicultural Review. 19.1 (Spring 2010).


Recent Presentations:

·         “Outdoor Girls and Motor Maids: Early 20th Century Young Women’s Adventure Fiction” National Women’s Studies Association Conference (NWSA). Denver, CO.  November 2010.

·         "'They do run true to form' : The Subjectivity Trade and Women's Travels of the 1920s," International Society for Travel Writing Conference (ISTW).  Columbia, SC.  September 2010.

·         “’Is one never to forget that it is not proper to wear gold beads with crape?’:  Nature, Adventure, and American Womanhood” North Eastern Modern Language Association Conference (NEMLA).  Montreal, Quebec. March 2010.

·         Panel Organizer and Moderator:  “’This world only my body remembered’:  Nature, Nation and Self in Women’s Writing.”  North Eastern Modern Language Association Conference (NEMLA).  Montreal, Quebec.  March 2010.

·         “’In my American fashion’:   Zatella Turner and African American Womanhood Abroad” Modern Language Association Convention (MLA). Philadelphia, PA.  December 2009.

·         “’Like water going back to itself’:  Spaces of Subjectivity in Castillo’s The Mixquiahuala Letters and Hogan’s Solar Storms” Modern Language Association Convention (MLA). Philadelphia, PA.  December 2009.

·         “Women in the World:  A Roundtable Discussion of Women’s Studies as General Education.”  NWSA National Women’s Studies Association Conference (NWSA). Atlanta, GA.  November 2009.


Recent Community Events:

·         Scholar – Facilitator.  “Travel and Tourism Narratives of the Empire State” Book Discussion Series. Rensselaer County Historical Society, Troy, NY.  Winter/Spring 2010.

·         Panel Moderator.  Capital District Underground Railroad Project Conference, Troy, NY.  February 2010.

·         “400 Years on the Hudson: Literature, Environment, and Culture of the Hudson River.” Hudson River Quadricentennial Symposium  (“The Upper Hudson River Valley: Then and Now”)  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.  September 2009.



·         Director, Helen M. Upton Center for Women’s Studies (current)

·         Coordinator of the American Studies Program (current)

·         Coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program (current)

·         Departmental Representative to the Troy Council (current)

·         Integrated Academic Service Learning Group (2009-2010)

·         Faculty Chaperone, National Conference on Undergraduate Research (2009)

·         Women’s Studies Planning Committee (2007- 9)

·         Head Judge, “Telling Women’s Stories” Writing Competition (2009)

·         Departmental Representative to the Albany Council (2008-9)

·         American Studies Program (Development and Proposal) (2008-9)

·         Campus/Community Consortium of the Capital Region (4CR) (2009)

·         Honors Project Advising:

  • Jennifer Nissley  “Wharton’s Others” (2009-2010)
  • Sarah Oboda “Reconciling Pagan Spirituality” (2009-2010)
  • Lisa Christopher “Women of the Beat Generation” (2009-2010)
  • Samantha Hall “Early American Women’s Private Writings” (2008-9)
  • Jackie Redick “Alcott’s Sensation Fiction” (2007)

Personal: SCUBA Diving, Travel, Kayaking, Backpacking