Christoph Irmscher is Provost Professor of English at Indiana University Bloomington and the George F. Getz Jr. Professor in the Wells Scholars Program, which he also directs.  He completed his postdoctoral degree (Habilitation) in at the University of Bonn.  He has taught at the University of Tennessee, Harvard University, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He teaches, and writes about, nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and Canadian literature, culture, and science.  One of his long-standing interests is ecocriticism. Most of his work has a strong archival component, and he loves sharing what I find in special collections with broader audiences.  His recent biography of the scientist Louis Agassiz (2013) was Editor's Choice of the New York Times Book Review.  He has just published a new biography of the writer and activist Max Eastman, who helped co-found the Men's League for Woman Suffrage.  Widely recognized as the leading authority on John James Audubon, Christoph Irmscher is the editor of the Library of America edition of Audubon's Writings and Drawings

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Recent publications

Louis Agassiz.  Introduction to the Study of Natural History. Edited and annotated by Christoph Irmscher.  New York/Basel:  Springer, 2017.

Max Eastman:  A Life.  New Haven:  Yale University Press, 2017.

Daniel Aaron, Commonplace Book, 1934-2012.  Ed. Steven Brown and Christoph Irmscher. Brooklyn:  Pressed Wafer, 2015.

Reconsidering Longfellow. Ed. Christoph Irmscher and Robert Arbour. 

​Madison, NJ:  Fairleigh Dickinson UP, ​2014. Paperback edition, 2014.

Louis Agassiz:  Creator of American Science.  Boston:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

A Keener Perception:  Ecocritical Studies in American Art History.  Co-edited with Alan Braddock.  Tuscaloosa:  University of Alabama Press, 2009.

Public Poet, Private Man:  Longfellow at 200.  Amherst, MA:  University of Massachusetts Press, 2009.     

Longfellow Redux.  Urbana:  University of Illinois Press, 2006.  Rev. paperback edition, 2008.


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