Dr. Stephen M. Mercier

Lecturer of English


Dr. Stephen M. Mercier grew up in Cumberland, Rhode Island. He attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he majored in Psychology. After college he lived in Studio City, California, where he worked for four years as a Production Assistant on television situation comedies. He also recorded music and performed on the Sunset Strip. Returning to his home state, he attended the University of Rhode Island (URI) in Kingston, where he completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in English in May of 2004. For three years Steve worked in the Writing Center and was the Assistant Editor of the academic quarterly, ATQ: 19th-Century American Literature and Culture. In Autumn 2008 he guest edited a special issue on John Burroughs in the Hudson River Valley for The Hudson River Valley Review. His dissertation is titled: "Revaluing the Literary Naturalist: John Burroughs's Emotive Environmental Aesthetics." He was interviewed for pieces about Burroughs that appeared in The New York Times and on National Public Radio (NPR). Steve has taught courses in English and Composition at URI, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Wheaton College, and SUNY New Paltz.

He has affiliations with the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), the John Burroughs Association (JBA), the New York College English Association (NYCEA), the Modern Language Association (MLA), and the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE).


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