Miriam Elizabeth Burstein

Miriam Elizabeth Burstein, Ph.D

Professor and Chair
(585) 395-5827
Office: Liberal Arts 215


  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1997
  • MA, University of Chicago, 1993
  • BA, University of California-Irvine, 1992

Areas of Specialty

  • Victorian studies
  • Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and intellectual history
  • Literature and religion
  • Historical ficton
  • Neo-Victorianism
  • Narrative poetry
  • The history of the historical novel
  • Women writers

Academic Positions

  • State University of New York, College at Brockport, Dept. of English (September 2005-present) Associate Professor
  • State University of New York, College at Brockport, Dept. of English (September 1999-June 2005) Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Dept. of English (September 1998-May 1999) Lecturer (Full-time)

Conferences and Professional Activities


  • Central New York Conference on Language and Literature
  • 18th & 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference, Hystorical Fictions: Women, History and Authorship (University of Wales
  • Midwest Modern Language Association
  • Midwest Victorian Studies Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • Neo-Victorian Cultures (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Nineteenth-Century Studies Association
  • North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
  • North American Victorian Studies Association
  • Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies
  • Victorians Institute Conference

Professional Activities by Invitation

  • “Liberty and Tyranny in the French Revolutions of 1789 and 1848,” Liberty Fund Colloquium, Pasadena, Mar. 9-12, 2000.

Other Professional Activities

  • Advisory board, Journal of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies (2014-)
  • Contributing Editor, Neo-Victorian Studies (launched 2007-08)
  • Co-organizer, “Book Review Event: Amanda Claybaugh’s The Novel of Purpose,” The Valve <>. Wek. of April 13, 2007. [Invited and coordinated the reviews of ten other participants from the United States, Canada, and the UK.]
  • Panel organizer and chair, “Gender and Historical Writing,” Central New York Conference on Language and Literature, SUNY Cortland, OCt. 28-30, 2001.
  • Panel chair, “Powers of Sexuality,” Victorian Interdisciplinary Association of the Western United States, Clark College, Oct. 10-11, 1998
  • Roundtable moderator, Presenting the Past: Enactments of History in British and American Culture from 1700 to the Present, University of Chicago, April 24-25, 1998.
  • Reviewer, Choice (2001-)
  • Article manuscript referee, Modern Philology; journal of Victorian Culture; Journal of Early Modern Culture; Journal of Women’s History; Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature; Journal of Religion and Popular Culture; Victorian Review; Neo-Victorian Studies; Journal of Literary Onomastics; Journal of Jewish Identities; Clio; Journal of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies; European Romantic Review.
  • Book manuscript referee, Ashgate Publishing