George Hutchinson

Newton C. Farr Professor of American Culture
Graduate Faculty Member

Indiana University, Ph.D., M.A.
Brown University, B.A.
George Hutchinson


Before coming to Cornell, George Hutchinson was the Booth Tarkington Professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington, and for three years chaired the English department.  His teaching and research focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature.  His most recent book, In Search of Nella Larsen:  A Biography of the Color Line, won the Christian Gauss Award of Phi Beta Kappa.  He is currently writing a book on American literature and culture in the 1940s, for which he held a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011-12.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • American Modernism
  • African American Literature
  • Race in American Culture
  • Walt Whitman

Current Projects

  • A book on American Literature and Culture in the 1940s
  • An edited collection of essays on African American literature and textual scholarship
  • An edited, previously unpublished memoir of Anita Thompson Reynolds, an African American performer of the 1920s and 1930s