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Michele Currie Navakas

Professor of English, Miami University

Michele Navakas is a literary scholar who specializes in American literature and culture to 1900 with an emphasis on the environment, race, geography, and material culture.

She is the author of two books: Liquid Landscape: Geography and Settlement at the Edge of Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), and Coral Lives: Literature, Labor, and the Making of America (Princeton University Press, 2023).


  • 2014–present
    Professor of English, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • 2009–2014
    Assistant Professor of English, Texas Tech University


  • 2009 
    UC Irvine, Ph.D. / Literature