Writing, Literature and Publishing Assistant Professor Megan Marshall has been named the Emerson College Graduate Student Association 2011–2012 Outstanding Faculty Member.
Nominated and chosen by students, Marshall was selected for her “dedication and commitment to [her] students and the Emerson community.” She will receive her award at the Class of 2012 Graduate Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 13, at 2:00 pm in the Cutler Majestic Theatre.
This semester, Marshall taught a workshop in book reviewing for advanced undergraduates and a graduate-level course on New England writers of the antebellum era, focusing on well-known publications from that period, The Dial and The Liberator. Through a collaboration with a web development class taught by Writing, Literature and Publishing Electronic-Publisher-in-Residence John Rodzvilla, Marshall’s class produced its own 21st–century online Dial that reflects the spirit of the original Transcendentalist journal founded by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and their cohorts in the 1840s.
Marshall is the author of two nonfiction books and has published numerous essays and reviews in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Slate Online, The New York Times Book Review, The London Review of Books, The New Republic, The Boston Review, and elsewhere. Her biography The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism (Houghton Mifflin, 2005; Mariner Books, 2006) won the Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians; the Mark Lynton History Prize, awarded by the Anthony Lukas Prize Project jointly sponsored by the Columbia School of Journalism and Harvard’s Nieman Foundation; the Massachusetts Book Award in nonfiction; and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography and memoir.
Marshall’s next book, The Passion of Margaret Fuller: A Biographical Romance, will be published in 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The book explores the life of the social reformer who was “the most famous woman of her day” and an associate of the subjects of her first book, The Peabody Sisters.