Lucinda L Damon-Bach

Lucinda L Damon-Bach

Professional Details

Title: Professor
Office: MH-114
Phone: 978-542-6377

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
3201 03 ENL250 American Literary Studies I
3202 04 ENL250 American Literary Studies I
3239 01 ENL331 Short Story II (Twentieth Century)
3243 01 ENL353 Literature for Young Adults

Professional Biography

I have been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses at Salem State since summer 1998. Previously, I taught writing at Boston College (1 year) and at Harvard University (5 years), and various writing and literature courses during my graduate work at the State University of New York at Buffalo (4 years).

I also taught grades 8-12 for two years at Chelsea Public School (K-12) in Chelsea, Vermont, volunteered in a special education classroom in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and completed my student teaching at Montera Jr. High in Oakland, California (8th grade) and at Campolindo High School in Moraga, CA (9th and 11th grades). I began my licensure course work at my undergraduate alma mater, University of California, Berkeley, and finished it through the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Before all this, I thought I would become a doctor, went to Kenyon College in Ohio and studied biology and music, then served as an apprentice oceanographer on board Research Vessel Westward--a 125' staysail schooner, doing research in the Caribbean--where, after a horrible experience in high school English, I discovered that I loved Shakespeare. After reading The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet from the ship's library, I decided that I would change my major to English, teach high school, and coach cross-country and track and field. After several years of that, which I loved, I started graduate school to focus on Shakespeare, then discovered 19th-century American women writers and haven't looked back. As Emerson once put it, "The voyage of the best ship is a zig zag line of a hundred tacks." I'm looking forward to the next zigs and zags.


Ph.D. in English, State University of New York at Buffalo.                                              1995

M.A. in English, Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College.                                 1989

M.A. in English, State University of New York at Buffalo.                                               1989

B.A. in English with Highest Honors, University of California at Berkeley.                        1981

Professional Interests

19th-century American literature; English education pedagogy; women's writing including autobiography/memoir; young adult/children's literature; literature of the sea; literature of the environment; travel writing; Shakespeare; poetry.  

Founder and current president of the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society, since 1997.

American author Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1789-1867) published many short stories and novels as well as non-fiction. The Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society promotes the study and awareness of Sedgwick's life and works. It aims to increase availability and access to her writings and offers a forum for established and emerging scholars, as well as others interested in Sedgwick, to exchange ideas, research, and pedagogical strategies.


Coordinator of Secondary Education Minor for English Majors

Coordinator of MAT-English and Co-Coordinator of MA/MAT-English Programs

Teach, administer, and supervise English and Education courses for majors/minors/non-majors and candidates for Initial licensure in Massachusetts.

Selected Publications

Damon-Bach, Lucinda, and Victoria Clements, eds. Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Critical Perspectives. Foreword by Mary Kelley. Boston: Northeastern UP, 2003. Print.


Transatlantic Women: Essays on Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers in Great Britain, Ireland, and Europe. Co-edited with Beth Lueck and Brigitte Bailey.

Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Life and Letters. (Working title; first comprehensive biography.)

Selected Presentations

A sampling of recent conference presentations:

"From the Ground, Up: Five Conferences in Ten Years for Sedgwick and Her Contemporaries." Society for the Study of American Women Writers conference, Philadelphia, October 2009.

"Money Matters: Catharine Sedgwick on Fiscal Responsibility (or, Advice on How to Thrive Even When You've Lost Everything)." American Literature Association, Boston, May 2009.

"Catharine Sedgwick in England: Letters from Abroad to Kindred at Home." Transatlantic Women: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers in Great Britain, Ireland, and Europe. Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, Oxford UK, July 2008.

"Changing the Face of American Literary History: Catharine Maria Sedgwick, 180 Years Since." Abernethy Lecture (invited), Middlebury College, March 20, 2008.

"Transforming the Canon of American Literature in Your Classroom," with Teresa Sutton, John Jay High School. New York State English Council Conference, Albany, NY, October 2005.

"Teaching Melville, Douglass, and Sedgwick." Roundtable. Melville Society International Conference, New Bedford, MA, June 2005.

Personal Interests

Travel, creating music (hammered dulcimer, penny whistle, recorder, piano, bassoon, flute), yoga, outdoor activities (kayaking, hiking, horseback riding), baking, experimenting with new recipes, farmers' markets, child development.