Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
Assoc Prof/Dep Chair
Office: JFT 412
Phone: (845) 257-2725
Andrew Higgins teaches courses in nineteenth-century American literature (especially romantic writers such as Whitman, Dickinson, Hawthorne, and Longfellow), as well as "Great Books Western" and "Literature, Evolution, and the Brain."
Dr. Higgins' does research on mid-nineteenth-century American writers, particularly Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. His work examines the way American literature in the mid-1800s developed in response to changing cultural, economic, and technological forces associated with the rise of industrial capitalism. In addition, he is interested in cognitive approaches to literature, particularly the way mental activity is represented in texts and the ways that readers use those cues to construct mental representations of character and story. He has written on Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Sarah Piatt, Robert Frost, and Civil War memoirs. Lastly, Dr. Higgins is also a leading figure in the field of Grand Funk Railroad Studies.