Name: Dr. Judith Saunders
Title: Professor of English
Office Location: Fontaine 317
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2178
Degrees Held:

A.B. University of California, Berkeley
M.A. University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. University of California, San Diego


Professor Saunders teaches courses in American literature, in contemporary English-language poetry, in Darwinian Literary Studies, and in creative writing. Pursuing interdisciplinary interests, she has participated in collaborative teaching ventures across the curriculum, linking courses in writing and literature with those taught by colleagues in science, art, mathematics, and sociology.

Awards & Honors:

Kilgariff Award for Faculty Leadership and Distinguished Service: Marist College, 1999
Faculty Recognition Award for Distinguished Scholarship: Marist College, 1996 and 2006
Thomas R. Casey Award for Hudson River Valley Studies: 2006
Panhandler Poetry Chapbook Competition: Winner, 1992
Red Berry Editions Chapbook Contest:  Winner, 2012



Edited volumes:
Women's Voices (Marymount College, 1995): an interdisciplinary collection of essays (coedited with Edmundson and Silber)

Reading Edith Wharton through a Darwinian Lens: Evolutionary Biological Issues in her Fiction (McFarland, 2009)

The Poetry of Charles Tomlinson: Borderlines (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2003)

Professor Saunders has published numerous articles on 19th- and 20th-century literary figures, including Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen Crane, Sherwood Anderson, Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein, Robert Frost, Virginia Woolf, Gwendolyn Brooks, Elizabeth Bishop, Howard Moss, Abbie Hustan Evans, May Swenson, and others.


Poetry Chapbook Collections:

Check-Out Counter Suite (Panhandler Competition, Unviersity of Florida Press, 1992)

Seizing this Chance (Kattywompus Press, 2014)

Lost Partners (FutureCylcle Press, 2015)

She also has written feature articles, creative nonfiction, reviews, humor, and poetry for more general audiences. Her work has appeared in a variety of little magazines and literary journals, e.g., The North American Review, The Lyric, Poet Lore, The Chiron Review, California Quarterly, Folio, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Journel of Irreproducible Results.

Research Interests:

American Renaissance
Late 19th and early 20th-century American Writers
Contemporary British and American Poetry
Darwinian Literary Studies
Women Writers


Modern Language Association of America
Northeast Modern Language Association
Nathaniel Hawthorne Society
Thoreau Society
Edith Wharton Society
Society for Study of American Women Writers
Human Behavior and Evolution Society
American Names Society
Phi Beta Kappa
American Association of University Professors