Gerald Burns

Professor of English

Gerald Burns Bio Photo


B.A. Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame
Ph.D. American Studies, Yale University

Phone: (603) 899-4293

Courses Taught
  • American Literature, all periods and genres
  • Writing from Emerging Societies
  • Multicultural Literature
  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • America and 9/11
  • Baseball and American Culture
Research Interests & Expertise Areas
  • American Studies
  • American Literature
  • 9/11
  • Place Studies
  • Philippine Literature

Honors & Awards

B.A. Summa cum Laude

Phi Beta Kappa

U.S. Navy Commendation and Combat Action Medals

Whiting Foundation Fellowship

Fulbright Fellowships (2)

Publications and Presentations

"'Hero Widow': The Making of Lisa Beamer's 9/11 Celebrity," American Studies Journal (recent article)

From Hurricane to Climate Change (documentary film, production team)

Presenting America, Encountering the Philippines, University of Philippines/Hawaii Press (book)

"Extreme Weather in New England History," Encylopedia of New England (encyclopedia entry)

"When I'm 64 (Now)," Northern New England Review (personal essay)

Professional Memberships

  • American Studies Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • Popular Culture Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English

Conferences Attended

  • National Council of Teachers of English, 2016
  • Popular Culture Association, 2015, 2012
  • American Association of Colleges and Universities, 2012, 2011


Grants Received

  • New Hampshire Humanities Council (via Monadnock Institute for documentary film)
  • American Association of Colleges and Universities (for general education planning)
  • NEH (via Monadnock Institute for place-based education programs)
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (Academic Specialist)


  • Project Humanist, From Hurricane to Climate Change
  • Book discussion leader, The Big Read (community literature initiative)
  • Chair, General Education Review Committee
  • Chair, Executive Committee, Monadnock Institute
  • Consultant, New American Schools Project