Tonya Moutray, PhD

Dr. Tonya Moutray
Assistant Professor of English

phone: 518-244-2406
Office: Carriage House #5

Degree Information:

  • University of Connecticut, Ph.D.
  • University of Nebraska, M.A.
  • Loma Linda University, B.S.


"A Devotion of Resistance: Revisiting Female Monasticism in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature"

Courses Taught:

  • ENG 101: Language and Community
  • ENG 220: College Research and Writing
  • ENG 202: British Literature, 1660-1830
  • ENG 211: British Literature since 1850
  • ENG 222: Children’s Literature
  • ENG 304: Victorian Literature
  • ENG 318: Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • ENG 303: Romantic Literature
  • ENG 248: Post-Colonial Literature
  • ENG 248: Honors Seminar: Proper Sarcasm: Jane Austen and Virginia Woolf
  • ENG 405: Senior Seminar


British literature 1660-1860, transnational exchanges, the French Revolution, studies in the novel, gender and empire, colonialism, women’s communities, children’s literature.


  • “Remodeling Catholic Ruins in the Poetry of William Wordsworth.” Forthcoming in European Romantic Review (2011). Print.
  • “Jane Barker and the Politics of Catholic Celibacy.” Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 47.3 (Summer 2007): 595-618. Print.
  • “The Cloistered Pen: Penetration and Conception in Eliza Keary’s ‘Christine and Mary: A Correspondence.” Victorian Literature and Culture 31.1 (2003): 315-332. Print.
  • “Unwed Orders: Religious Communities for Women in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell.” Gaskell Society Journal 17 (2003): 59-76. Print.
  • “Through the Grate; Or, English Convents and the Transmission and Preservation of Female Catholic Recusant History.” The Catholic Church and Unruly Women Writers. Ed. Leigh Eicke, Jeana DelRosso and Ana Kothe. New York: Palgrave, 2007. 105-121. Print.
  • “Peregrinations to the Convent: Hester Thrale Piozzi and Ann Radcliffe.” British-French Exchanges. Ed. Dorothy Medlin and Katherine Doig. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007. 116-30. Print.

Selected Conference Papers:

  • "Violated Virgins and Spoiled Economies: Abbé Augustin Barruel and the September Massacres." Paper to be presented at the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vancouver,  British Columbia, March 2011.
  • “Finding Lost Boys: Peter Pan and Colonial Adventure Fiction.” Northeastern Modern Language Association, Montreal, Quebec. April 2010.
  • “An Unquenched Curiosity: British Encounters with Female Monasticism.” American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Association, Montreal, Quebec. March 2006.
  • “Peregrinations to Parisian Convents.” Roundtable Presentation. American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Association, Montreal, Quebec. March 2006.


  • Peter Pan, Gender Roles, and Colonial Adventure Fiction.” Presentation for the Women’s Studies Occasional Forum at Russell Sage College, The Upton Center. March 31, 2010.
  • “Henry James and Haunted Psychology.” Pre-Show Lecture presented at Russell Sage College, James L. Meader Little Theater and Sage College of Albany, Opalka Gallery. October 2007


Professional Memberships:

  • Member, Modern Language Association
  • Member, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Member, Northeastern Modern Language Society


  • Russell Sage College Honorary Athenian; Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service Awarded by the Russell Sage Athenian Honor Society, May 2010
  • Academic Service-Learning Grant, Dec. 2009
  • Organic Valley, CROPP Cooperative, LaForge, WI
  • Global Wellness Food Grant, Nov. 2009


Committee Work

  • Chair, RSC Curriculum Committee
  • Member, First-Year Task Force
  • Department Representative, Troy Council of Faculty (Fall 2007-Spring 2010)

Advisement of Student Honors Projects

  • The Lost Boys of Sudan (ENG 400); Jessy Willette, Fall 2010-Spring 2011
  • The Poetry of the World Wars (ENG 200); Stacy May Hollister, Spring 2008
  • Austen and Johnson (ENG 410); Ariel Collins, Fall 2007-Spring 2008


  • Faculty Advisor, Medusa (2008-current)
  • Faculty Supervisor, Sage and Habitat for Humanity, 2011


Gardening, piano, bird-watching, traveling