Photo of Paul Thifault from the Department of Humanities
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y., 2012
  • Master of Arts, New York University, New York City, 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts, Boston University, Boston, 2003

Paul Thifault teaches courses in composition and American literature. While primarily focused on colonial and antebellum writings, Thifault's interests also include modern crime fiction, Native American studies, and US drama. His scholarship has appeared (or will appear) in journals including ESQ: A Journal Nineteenth-Century American Literature and CultureLiterature in the Early American Republic, Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, Christianity and Literature, andTeaching American Literature. Thifault currently serves as Co-Editor of Resources for American Literary Study (Penn State UP), a biannual scholarly journal of archival and bibliographical research.

Courses Taught

  • Composition
  • American literature


  • Early American Literature
  • US Drama
  • Native American Studies

Selected Works

Spring 2017 Laurels Submissions

Paul Thifault, PhD, assistant professor of English, published "The rhyming irons of Abdur-Rahman Slade Hopkinson" in Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal in December 2016.

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