Karen M. Poremski

Emeritus Professor of English


  • B.A., University of Maryland-College Park
  • M.A., San Francisco State University
  • Ph.D., Emory University


Karen Poremski’s teaching focused particularly on Native American literature, women’s literature, and American literature before 1900. Her most current research looked at the ways contemporary Indigenous writers portray the complex relationships between museums, objects in museums, and Native people.

Publications / Presentations

  • Slaves in Algiers; or, A Struggle for Freedom. A Play by Susanna Haswell Rowson, edited and introduced by Jennifer L. Margulis and Karen M. Poremski (Copley Publishing, 2000).
  • Roads to Reconciliation: Conflict and Dialogue in the Twenty-First Century, co-edited with Amy Benson Brown (M. E. Sharpe, 2005).

Winner of the 2017-2018 Benjamin T. Spencer Lecturership
Winner of the 2006 Sherwood Dodge Shankland Award for Encouragement of Teachers