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Grace B. McGowan

PhD Candidate in American Studies, Boston University

Grace McGowan is a PhD candidate at Boston University in the American & New England Studies Program. She took her undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature from University of Oxford in 2017. Her article “I Know I Can’t Change the Future, But I Can Change the Past: Toni Morrison, Robin Coste Lewis, and the Classical Tradition” was published in Contemporary Women’s Writing under OUP in 2020.

Grace was awarded the Helen G. Allen Humanities Award and the Angela J. and James J Rallis Memorial Award from Boston University for her dissertation work in the humanities in 2022. Her work on Phillis Wheatley Peters was awarded an honorable mention for the Mary Kelley prize under the New England American Studies Association in 2021. This past summer (2022) she completed an internship with the Massachusetts Historical Society in which she created educational resources for researchers, students, and educators on Phillis Wheatley Peters.


  • –present
    PhD Student, Boston University


  • 2017 
    University of Oxford , BA English Literature and Language