Jared Hickman

Associate Professor

Gilman 30C


Jared Hickman studies and teaches on the nexus of Americanity, modernity, and globality and its attendant utopian and millenarian projects.

He is the author of Black Prometheus: Race and Radicalism in the Age of Atlantic Slavery (Oxford University Press, 2016) and the co-editor of two essay collections (with Martha Schoolman) Abolitionist Places (Routledge, 2013) and (with Elizabeth Fenton) Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon (Oxford University Press, 2016). He has published articles in American Literature, Early American Literature, Nineteenth-Century Literature, PMLA, and other venues.

Undergraduate Courses

American Bibles
American Literature to 1865
The American Renaissance
The Cosmic Race: Cosmopolitanism and Theories of American Culture
Early American Literatures
Literatures of Atlantic Revolution
Literatures of Atlantic Slavery
Spectral Evidence
The Theology of Narrative

Graduate Seminars

The Slavery Debate in the Atlantic World
Transnational American Studies
The Literary and the Secular

Selected Publications

“Political Theology,” in The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion, ed. Mark Knight (Routledge, 2016).

“After the ‘Post-Secular,’” Introduction to a special issue co-edited with Peter Coviello, American Literature 86:4 (December 2014): 645-54.

The Book of Mormon as Amerindian Apocalypse,” American Literature 86:3 (September 2014): 429-61.

“The Recanonization of Saint Cyprian: A Deep History of Black Religion and Racialism,” in Sainthood and Race: Marked Flesh, Holy Flesh, ed. Vincent Lloyd and Molly Harbour Bassett (Routledge, 2014), 66-81.

“‘Douglass Unbound,” Nineteenth-Century Literature 68:3 (December 2013): 323-62.

“Cosmic American Studies,” PMLA 128:4 (2013): 968-75.

“On the Redundancy of ‘Transnational American Studies,’” in The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature, ed. Russ Castronovo (Oxford University Press, 2012), 267-88.

“Globalization and the Gods, or the Political Theology of ‘Race,’” Early American Literature 45:1 (March 2010): 145-82.

“The Theology of Democracy,” The New England Quarterly 81:2 (June 2008): 177-217.