English and Journalism

Timothy Helwig

Associate Professor
19th-Century American Literature and Popular Print Culture

Email tw-helwig@wiu.edu
Office 010 Simpkins Hall: 309-298-1213
Office hours M, 2-4; W, 2-3; F, 12-1 (SPRING 2015)

Timothy Helwig is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at WIU. He earned a B.A. in English at Gettysburg College, an M.A. in English at Miami University of Ohio, and a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park.

His dissertation, "Race, Nativism, and the Making of Class in Antebellum City-Mysteries," analyzes the construction of white and African-American working-class identities in popular fiction and the penny press of the 1830s, 1840s, and 1850s. He has published articles in American Studies Journal (2006) and American Periodicals (2009, 2014, and 2015), and he has received visiting research fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society (2005) and the Library Company of Philadelphia (2010).

Timothy’s undergraduate courses include Introduction to American Literature, Introduction to African-American Literature, and Introduction to American Gothic Fiction, as well as upper-division courses in American Romantic Litearture and American Working-Class Literature.